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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Monument
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Monument to the Doolittle Airmen, who were made famous for bombing Japan, after months of Japanese military success against American forces in the Pacific. Their success story is told in the book by pilot Lieutenant Ted Lawson, "Thirty Seconds over Tokyo," and by a 1944 film of the same name. On 18 April 1942, Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle led a successful bombing mission on military targets in the principal cities of Japan. Along with 79 airmen of the United States Army Air Forces flying B-25 Mitchell land-based bombers, they took off from the United States Navy Aircraft Carrier "USS Hornet", and accomplished a feat believed impossible at that time. The raid was not without casualties. The carrier task force was intercepted by a Japanese picket boat and takeoff was made earlier than planned, since secrecy and surprise were critical to the success of the mission. Increased distance and headwinds caused the aircraft to arrive over China in darkness and bad weather. All crews bailed out or ditched. One crewman died on bailout (Corporal Leland Faktor), two drowned (Sergeant Donald Fitzmaurice and Corporal William Dieter). One B-25, low on fuel, headed for Russia and landed near Vladivostok where crew and aircraft were interned for 14 months. Eight men were captured by the Japanese; three were executed by firing squad (2nd Lieutenant Dean Hallmark, 1st Lieutenant William Farrow, and Sergeant. Harold Spatz) and one died of beriberi and malnutrition (2nd Lieutenant Robert Meder), the remaining four survived nearly 40 months of imprisonment until released by American troops in August 1945. The major results of the Doolittle raid were fourfold: first, the material damage, second was the severe psychological shock to the Japanese and a great boost to American morale. Third, Japanese land, sea, and air forces were recalled to protect the Japanese homeland, and fourth, the Battle of Midway was correctly 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. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
Burial:
National Museum of the US Air Force Memorial Park
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.77947, -84.11242
 
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Record added: Jul 11, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 10697
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Monument
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Monument
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
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Rest in peace
- Bruce Nuckowski
 Added: May. 7, 2014
Your bravery inspired the American nation. Hero's all. Rest in Peace.
- Elsie Celestino
 Added: Jul. 20, 2013

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