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Doolittle Raiders celebrate 64th reunion at museum

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, is celebrating their 64th annual reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from April 17-21. Several public events will be held on April 18-19, including a dinner and lecture, memorial service, exhibit dedication and autograph sessions.

On April 18, from 2-2:30 p.m., a memorial service will be held at the museum's Memorial Park. An autograph session with the Doolittle Raiders will follow the service. On April 19, from 9:30-10 a.m., an exhibit ceremony dedicating the Doolittle Raider goblets will be held in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery. From 2-4 p.m., there will be an autograph session.

From 6-10 p.m. on April 19, a dinner with lecture will take place in the Modern Flight Gallery. The cost for this event is $50 per person. Please call (937) 255-8046, ext. 496, or email 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. 332 or 330.

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