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Mar 05 2013

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Thomas Griffin †

(Photo USAF)

(Photo USAF)

Thomas Griffin, who was the navigator on the ninth aircraft of the 18 April 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo , died on February 26 aged 96.

With the passing of Thomas Griffin, there are now only four surviving members of this legendary mission. Its success was mostly psychologival, as America needed some positive news in early 1942, a time when it was struggling to resist Japanese advance in the Pacific.

After the Tokyo raid, Thomas Griffin went to North Africa with the 319th Bomb Group, flying the B-26. He was shot down in July 1943 and imprisoned in Germany. He was released in April 1945.

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