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Nine Doolittle Raiders scheduled to participate in reunion

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, a group that helped restore American morale during World War II, are scheduled to celebrate their 64th annual reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from April 17-21.

Nine of the surviving 16 Raiders are scheduled to attend the reunion, which will include several public events such as a dinner and lecture, 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.

Also Wednesday, a dinner, lecture and performance by the Air Force Band of Flight will take place in the Modern Flight Gallery from 6-10 p.m. The cost for this event is $50 per person. Please call (937) 255-8046, ext. 496, or e-mail leslie.greaser@wpafb.af.mil for more information.

On April 18, 1942, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led a successful bombing mission of military targets in principal cities of Japan, along with 79 airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces, flying 16 B-25 Mitchell based land bombers. They took off from the U.S. Navy carrier Hornet and accomplished a feat believed impossible at the time.

The major results of the Doolittle-led raid were the material damage; the severe psychological shock to the Japanese and a great boost to American morale; Japanese land, sea, and air forces were recalled to protect the Japanese homeland; and the Battle of Midway was directly precipitated by the raid.

The mission is considered a classic in the annals of aerial warfare because of the daring use of Army land-based bombers from a carrier in joint operations with the Navy.

For more information about the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, please visit our Web site at http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum or call (937) 255-3286, ext. 302. For more information on the Doolittle Raider Reunion, please visit http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/pa/dolittle.pdf.

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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