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Apr 23 2013

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Doolittle raiders gather for final meeting

Left to right: Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Lt. Col. Edward Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher at Eglin Air Force Base. (Photo USAF/Thomas Brown)

Left to right: Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Lt. Col. Edward Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher at Eglin Air Force Base. (Photo USAF/Thomas Brown)

Three of the four surviving members of the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo gathered from April 17 to 21 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for a final meeting. The members who were present were Lt. Col. Richard Cole, le Lt. Col. Edward Saylor and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher. Lt. Col. Robert Hite could not travel and was absent from the meeting.

The men flew on a B-25 Mitchell, the type used in the raid, with Dick Cole doing part of the flying. A private meeting will take place later this year, where the surviving members will open a bottle of Hennessy cognac from 1896, the year when James Doolittle was born, and toast one final time to all of their comrades.

Source: Air Force Times

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