Veterans

October 28, 2013

Public activities part of Doolittle Raiders’ weekend

Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, one of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, is recognized during a memorial service in honor of the Raider’s 68th reunion, which was held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force April 16-18, 2010.

When the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ make a final toast to their fallen comrades Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world can witness the historical moment.

Although the final toast ceremony is not open to the public, a LIVE feed of the event will be broadcast on The Pentagon Channel at 6 p.m., EST. A link to the LIVE stream will also be available on the day of the event at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil and www.af.mil.

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Today, just four of the men survive: Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, co-pilot of Crew No. 1; Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, co-pilot of Crew No. 16; Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 15; and Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7. At this time, Cole, Saylor and Thatcher plan to participate on-site and Hite hopes to watch the ceremony from his residence due to health concerns.

In 1959 the city of Tucson, Ariz., presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of silver goblets, each bearing the name of one of the 80 men who flew on the mission. At each of their past reunions, the surviving Raiders would conduct their solemn “Goblet Ceremony.” After toasting the Raiders who died since their last meeting, they would then turn the deceased men’s goblets upside down. The Nov. 9 event will mark their final toast.

In addition to the LIVE feed of the final toast, the public also will have an opportunity to celebrate these World War II aviation heroes throughout the day.

Two cadets from the Air Force Academy present a wreath during a memorial service in honor of the Doolittle Raiders 70th Anniversary Reunion in 2012. Public activities for the Final Toast Nov. 9 will include a wreath-laying ceremony in Memorial Park, followed by B-25 flyover.

Those wishing to honor the Raiders are invited to line the museum’s entrance drive as they arrive at the museum. Visitors are encouraged to bring American flags and signs to show their support. Large crowds are expected, so visitors are urged to arrive early in the day to avoid traffic congestion and plan to be in place by 1 p.m. For addition information on the grand arrival, please visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=21111.

At 2 p.m. a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Doolittle Raiders memorial in Memorial Park, followed by a flyover of B-25 aircraft.

The B-25 Mitchell Bombers will begin to arrive at the Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio, on Nov. 8, and rides will be available for purchase. Additional information is available at www.champaignaviationmuseum.org/#!b-25-fly-over-nov-9/cjj5.

The Air Force Museum Theatre is planning to show Doolittle Raider and World War II-themed movies throughout the weekend. The schedule is as follows:

  • “The Restorers: They Were All Volunteers” (48 minutes) will be shown at noon from Nov. 8-11. This episode follows a B-25 Mitchell bomber from Minnesota as her crew participates in the 68th Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion / B-25 Gathering in Dayton, Ohio. Cost is $5 per person.
  • “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (144 minutes) will be shown at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9. This 1944 American war film is based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid. Admission is free, but the theatre will accept donations to help cover the cost.
  • “Air Aces: Gabby Gabreski” (45 minutes) will be shown at 3 p.m. on Nov. 9 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. Against the backdrop of World War II, American pilots, including Air Force pilot Francis “Gabby” Gabreski, race to shoot down the most German planes and be crowned the country’s top-flying ace. Cost is $5 per person.
  • “Honor Flight” (86 minutes) will be shown at 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 10. This heartwarming documentary is about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community that comes together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for military and seniors, and $6 for members and children, ages 3-12.

Author Stan Cohen will sign his book “Destination Tokyo” in the museum store throughout the day on Nov. 9. That book, as well as several others related to the Doolittle Raid, and a limited quantity of the medallion and goblet created to commemorate the Final Toast will be available for purchase in the store.

More details about events associated with the final toast are available at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/doolittle.asp.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service’s national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year, more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America’s Air Force. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

Six B-25 bombers are scheduled to flyover the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as part of the Doolittle Raiders’ Final Toast.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines October 29, 2014

News: Unmanned rocket explodes just six seconds after taking off - A NASA rocket due to be visible across the East Coast on its way to the International Space Station has blown up on the Launchpad. IG: Former chief of wounded warrior office broke law, DOD regs - The Defense Department inspector general has recommended “corrective action”...
 
 

News Briefs October 29, 2014

F-35C makes first landing at Virginia Beach Navy base The Navy says an operational F-35C joint strike fighter has landed at Naval Air Station Oceana for the first time. Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s master jet base on the East Coast. The Navy says the plane came to the Virginia Beach base Oct....
 
 

Time to turn to American technology for space launch

For the first time since the Cold War, the United States has deployed armored reinforcements to Europe. To counter Russia’s aggression, several hundred troops and 20 tanks are now in the Baltic. Yet the U.S. military is still injecting millions into the Russian military industrial complex. In late August, the United Launch Alliance – the...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Joe Davila

Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Air Force photograph by Joe Davila Boeing supported the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 23, 2014. Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s succ...
 
 

Pentagon going to court for refusing to release Sikorsky data

PETALUMA, Calif. – The Pentagon is refusing to release any data on any prime contractors participating in the 25-year-old Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program. The American Small Business League launched a program in 2010 to expose the fraud and abuse against small businesses the CSPTP had allowed. As a test the ASBL requested the most...
 
 
Northrop Grumman photograph

Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman has received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for low-rate initial production of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). G/ATOR is the first ground-based multi-mi...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>