Doolittle Raiders’ Last Reunion at Training Site
Weider History Group received a media release that included the following information. To read the full report, go to http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/last-surviving-members-of-wwiis-doolittle-raiders-to-hold-71st-and-final-reunion-in-ft-walton-beach-fla-202080791.html
OKALOOSA, Fla., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – As the end of an era approaches, three of the last four surviving members of the famed Doolittle Raiders – the airmen who bombed Tokyo in April 1942 in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – will assemble for one last reunion in Ft. Walton Beach where they trained for their historic mission 71 years ago. A series of commemorative events, including rides aboard five historic B-25 bombers, and a flyover of numerous historic WWII-era aircraft, will be offered to the public at various times April 17-21.
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In addition to having the surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, visitors to Ft. Walton Beach will see an array of airworthy historic WWII-era aircraft across the area’s skies arriving from all corners of the country. Of particular note are five lovingly restored, B-25 Mitchell bombers that will visit the Destin Airport (DSI) in conjunction with the reunion events. These are the same model of bombers the Doolittle Raiders used to launch their attack on Japan.
UPDATE FROM ARMCHAIR GENERAL: Following the reunion mentioned above, ACG received a photo of the three surviving Doolittle Raiders taken at the event. Click here to see the photo of the Doolittle Raiders, read a short article, and learn how YOU can help the Raiders receive a well-deserved Congressional Gold Medal.