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Free film to kick off Doolittle Raiders reunion events

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American B-25B Mitchell and Doolittle Raiders diorama in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American B-25B Mitchell and Doolittle Raiders diorama in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The 64th annual Doolittle Raiders reunion will begin with the film, "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's Carney Auditorium on April 18 at 9:30 a.m.

The 1944 film, which tells the story of the Doolittle Raider's secret World War II mission to bomb the mainland of Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor, features footage from the actual raid and is free and open to the public.

The reunion will also include several other public events such as a memorial service, exhibit dedication and autograph sessions.

The memorial service will be held at the museum's Memorial Park on Tuesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. An autograph session with the Doolittle Raiders will follow the service.

On Wednesday, April 19, an exhibit ceremony dedicating the Doolittle Raider goblets will be held in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery at 9:30 a.m., and an additional autograph session will take place from 2-4 p.m.

Tickets for Wednesday evening's dinner, lecture and performance by the Air Force Band of Flight are sold-out.

For more information on the Doolittle Raider Reunion, please visit http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 330 or 332.

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