Memorial service set for WWII raid's 75th anniversary

Two members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, seated front, and retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, seated left, pose for photos after the presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal honoring the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, on April 18, 2015.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 18, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio — The last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders is expected to take part in public and private commemorations in Ohio of their air attack on Japan 75 years ago.

Around a dozen vintage B-25 bombers will fly over in formation at Tuesday afternoon's memorial service at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, 101, plans to be at the service and also to offer a private ceremonial toast to his late comrades.

Two B-1 bombers from the 34th and 37th bomb squadrons at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, are to fly over at the service's end.

Book signings and movies about the daring raid credited with helping turn the tide of the war are among other activities Tuesday.


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