Crew of the No. 1 Doolittle Raiders aircraft in April 1942 (from left): Lt. Henry Potter, navigator; Lt. Col. James Doolittle, pilot/commander; Staff Sgt. Fred Braemer, bombardier; Lt. Richard Cole, copilot; Staff Sgt. Paul Leonard, engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Crew of the No. 1 Doolittle Raiders aircraft in April 1942 (from left): Lt. Henry Potter, navigator; Lt. Col. James Doolittle, pilot/commander; Staff Sgt. Fred Braemer, bombardier; Lt. Richard Cole, copilot; Staff Sgt. Paul Leonard, engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON – B-25 Mitchell bombers from around the country will once again take to the skies before landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as part of a tribute commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, April 18.

Current plans call for 17 B-25 bombers to land on the runway behind the museum and be placed on static display for public view on April 18, before departing for a flyover prior to the start of a memorial service in the museum’s Memorial Park at 2:15 p.m.

The memorial service is scheduled to conclude with a flight of two B-1 bombers from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, which were two of the four Army Air Corps Squadrons from which the B-25 aircrews were selected for the Doolittle Raid. These events are free and open to the public. (Note: All outdoor events are weather dependent. The memorial service will still take place indoors in the event of inclement weather.)

Of the 80 Raiders led by James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle in 1942, only one survives today - Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole - who served as Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew No. 1. Cole, now 101 years old, plans to be at the museum to commemorate the anniversary and will privately honor fellow Raider SSgt. David Thatcher, who passed away last year.

On the evening of April 18, the Air Force Museum Foundation will present “Doolittle’s Raiders: The Final Toast,” as part of the Living History Film Series presented by Mr. W. Craig Willan in the Air Force Museum Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The event will be opened by Cole and following the film screening, two of the Raiders’ children - Cindy Cole Chal and Jim Bower - will share stories and insight and conduct a question and answer session with the audience. (Please note: This is Sold Out) A limited number of packages, which include the book “Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando,” signed by Cole and an event ticket are also available for sale.

In addition, the Air Force Museum Store will host several authors including Stan Cohen (“Destination Tokyo”); Frank Goldstein (“The Last Reunion: A Salute to The Jimmy Doolittle Tokyo Raiders”); and Dennis Okerstrom (“Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando”), who will be available to sign copies of their books. The store will also have commemorative merchandise available to purchase. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)

Additional information on the entire event schedule, along with photos and videos of past Raider events at the museum is available at: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/DoolittleTokyoRaid75thAnniversary.aspx.

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Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention

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EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The lone remaining veteran of the famed Doolittle Raiders mission of April 1942 and at least 16 B-25 bombers will be part of the raid’s 75th anniversary commemoration and air show activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, the “World’s Greatest Aviation
Celebration,” will be held July 24-30.

The 75th anniversary activities will honor those involved in the daring mission that involved 16 B-25 bombers that departed from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on April 18, 1942, and bombed military sites in Japan. The “Doolittle Raiders,” led by legendary pilot Jimmy Doolittle, then faced
hardships after their airplanes made forced landings in China and other areas.

“The Doolittle Raid 75 years ago was important not as much for its military gains as it was a morale lift to an American military and public that had been buffeted by bad news in the months immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “Our
activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year will connect our attendees with the importance of this mission, as well as the people and aircraft involved.”

Among the highlights of the 75th anniversary commemoration will be a July 26 evening program with 101-year-old Dick Cole, the only remaining member of the 80 original Doolittle Raiders, as well as Jimmy Doolittle’s grandchildren, Jimmy Doolittle III and Jonna Doolittle Hoppes.

“I want to thank EAA for honoring the Raiders at their 75th anniversary,” said Cole, who was co-pilot for Doolittle in the lead aircraft. “Thank you for paying tribute to us even though we never felt like heroes. We were just doing our job. We can also never forget the men who fought at Wake, Midway, and all across the Pacific. See you at Oshkosh.”