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The U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
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Click on the following links to read/view some of the media coverage of the Doolittle Raiders' Final Toast.

Doolittle Raiders' Final Toast
Nov. 15, 2013 - The Columbia Star

Missoula's Doolittle Raider Thatcher: 'Just part of war effort'
Nov. 12, 2013 - Missoulian

Doolittle Raiders share one last toast

Nov. 11, 2013 - NBC News

Doolittle Raiders offer Final Toast to 71-year-old mission

Nov. 11, 2013 - NPR

World War II Doolittle Raiders make Final Toast
Nov. 11, 2013 - ABC 22

Doolittle Raiders make a final toast to their comrades
Nov. 11, 2013 -

A Veterans Day tribute
Nov. 11, 2013 -

Final Toast for Doolittle Raiders
Nov. 10, 2013 - Wall Street Journal

Final toast to WWII Doolittle Raiders: 'Peace'
Nov. 10, 2013 - USA Today

Doolittle Raiders hold last toast
Nov. 10, 2013 - Voice of America

Doolittle Raiders hold final toast
Nov. 10, 2013 - The American Legion

A final reunion for vets of WWII Doolittle raid
Nov. 10, 2013 - Agence France-Presse

World War II's surviving Doolittle Raiders make final toast
Nov. 9, 2013 - Fox News

WWII Doolittle Raiders making final toast
Nov. 9, 2013 - CBS News

WWII Doolittle Raiders make Final Toast in Ohio
Nov. 9, 2013 - ABC News

Photos: The Doolittle Raiders' last toast
Nov. 9, 2013 - The Denver Post

Doolittle Raiders make a final toast for the ages
Nov. 9, 2013 - The Columbian

Doolittle Raiders gather at Air Force Museum for final toast
Nov. 9, 2013 - Dayton Daily News

WWII Doolittle Raiders gather at weekend ceremony
Nov. 9, 2013 - WHIO-TV

Doolittle's Raiders raise a Final Toast in Dayton
Nov. 9, 2013 - NBC 4i

Remaining Doolittle's Raiders gathering for one last toast
Nov. 9, 2013 - Cincinnati Enquirer

Air Force museum offers public events in Ohio before Doolittle Raiders final toast ceremony
Nov. 7, 2013 - The Washington Post
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Four of the 80 Doolittle Raiders are still living:

Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole
Co-pilot of Crew No. 1
Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor
Engineer-gunner of Crew No. 15
Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher
Engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7
Lt. Col. Robert Hite Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite
Co-pilot of Crew No. 16

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.
tabParticipating B-25s 
B-25 PanchitoThe following B-25s are planning to participate in the flyover on Nov. 9:

- B-25J "Panchito," owned by Larry Kelley and Lorie Thomsen, Mardela Springs, Md.
- B-25N "Doolittle Raiders Special Delivery," owned by Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston, Texas 
- B-25J "Georgie's Gal," owned by Liberty Aviation Museum, Port Clinton, Ohio 
- B-25D "Yankee Warrior," owned by Yankee Air Museum, Ypsilanti, Mich. 
- B-25A "Miss Hap," owned by American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale, N.Y.
- B-25J "Axis Nightmare," owned by Tri-State Warbird Museum, Batavia, Ohio
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