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From an article on the Air Force Link Website - Photos following in other posts...
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http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123200791

Doolittle Raiders reunite at Air Force Museum
Posted 4/21/2010 Updated 4/21/2010
by Gabriel Myers
88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

4/21/2010 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- Four of the remaining
eight Doolittle Raiders, known for their nearly impossible bombing raid on Japan
during World War II, reunited for the 68th year at the National Museum of the United
States Air Force April 16 through 18.

Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, 94, of Comfort, Texas; Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, 92,
of Cincinnati; Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, 90, Nashville, Tenn., and Master Sgt. David
J. Thatcher, 88, of Missoula, Mont., came together again to share memories, sign
autographs and be recognized once again as an iconic piece of American history that
helped propel the allies to victory in World War II.

Col. Jimmy Doolittle led a group of 80 men to fly B-25 Mitchells from the deck of an
aircraft carrier more than 600 miles to drop bombs on Japan April 18, 1942. At the
time getting a bomber airborne from an aircraft carrier's deck had barely been tested.

The reunion kicked off April 16 with the men at the museum signing autographs on
books, airplanes, photos and even clothing with hundreds waiting their turn to meet
the aviators.

Those who attended were eager to hear their story and talk about the importance of
their mission in shaping the outcome of World War II.

"Well I'm an aviation historian and it's also an opportunity to meet the great heroes
of American history," said Bob Jaques who drove to the event from Alabama.

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, who attended a dinner in their honor, said the
men continue to be an inspiration to Airmen today.

"The Doolittle Raiders have a very special place in the history of the Air Force,"
Secretary Donley said. "They've provided such great examples to us of leadership, of
audacity, of innovation and personal courage, in some of the darkest days of World
War II."

The men were honored April 17 by a fly-in of 17 privately owned replica B-25s from
all over the country onto the museum runway to help celebrate the occasion.

Museum officials said it was one of the largest gatherings of B-25s since World War II.

The Raiders also participated in a ceremony April 17 to toast and honor their fellow
colleagues who have died. Following the toast the last survivors overturned the
goblets of those who have died since the last reunion.

The event concluded with the B-25s taking off from the museum runways with thousands
of patrons lining the streets and fence lines to attempt to get a glimpse of the
aircraft and ensuing fly over by all 17 aircraft for a memorial service in the early
afternoon.

The word "hero" is overused in this country and broadly applied to sports figures,
rock stars and others, said Ret. Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf, the museum director.
"Today, in the truest sense of the word, we are among heroes."
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Tom wrote in
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From an article on the Air Force Link Website - Photos following in
other posts...
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The word "hero" is overused in this country and broadly applied to
sports figures, rock stars and others, said Ret. Maj. Gen. Charles D.
Metcalf, the museum director. "Today, in the truest sense of the word,
we are among heroes."




Tom, thanks for posting these great shots and captions
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Likewise thanks from me, you know looking at the head on photo's I can't
help thinking that after all these years,
that's a really nice looking aircraft design.

Steve.

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Tom wrote in
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From an article on the Air Force Link Website - Photos following in
other posts...
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The word "hero" is overused in this country and broadly applied to
sports figures, rock stars and others, said Ret. Maj. Gen. Charles D.
Metcalf, the museum director. "Today, in the truest sense of the word,
we are among heroes."




Tom, thanks for posting these great shots and captions



 




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