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Reunion presents rare opportunity to meet Doolittle Raiders

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 Doolittle Raiders' 64th annual reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will offer the public a unique opportunity to meet the men who helped restore American morale during World War II, including Dayton native Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard E. Cole.

Cole, who served as Gen. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on the No. 1 crew, will be among nine of the surviving 16 Raiders scheduled to attend the reunion April 17-21. The reunion will include several public events such as a memorial service, exhibit dedication and autograph sessions.

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

On 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 now 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.

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