J.  Royden  Stork  
  Rank, Service
Captain,  U.S. Army Air Forces
  Veteran of:
U.S. Army Air Corps 1940-1941
U.S. Army Air Forces 1941-1946
World War II 1941-1945
Cold War 1945-1946

Royden Stork was born on December 11, 1916, in Frost, Minnesota. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on May 15, 1940, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings on July 12, 1941. His first assignment was as a B-25 pilot with the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron of the 17th Bomb Group at McChord Field, Washington, and at Pendleton Field, Oregon, from July 1941 until he was selected for the Doolittle Mission in February 1942. Lt Stork was the co-pilot on the 10th B-25 to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) on April 18, 1942, and after bombing its assigned targets in Japan, the crew bailed out over China when their aircraft ran out of fuel. He remained in the China-Burma-India Theater after the raid, and served as a B-24 Liberator pilot until returning to the United States in August 1943. In the States, Capt Stork was assigned to Foreign Equipment Evaluation duties, as a ferry pilot with Air Transport Command, and with the 1504th Army Air Force Base Unit at Fairfield-Suisun Army Airfield, California, before leaving active duty on January 22, 1946. After leaving active duty he worked as a make-up artist in Hollywood for many years. Royden Stork died on May 2, 2002.

His Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:

For extraordinary achievement while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on April 18, 1942. Lieutenant Stork volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on Lieutenant Stork and the military service.


Crew 10 of the Doolittle Raiders, Left to Right-Lt Horace E. Crouch, Lt Richard O. Joyce, Unidentified (Gunner that was replaced with SSgt Edwin W. Horton at the last minute), Lt J. Royden Stork, and Sgt George E. Larkin, Jr.



Contact Veteran Tributes at


Contact Veteran Tributes at