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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

 
 
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
1. Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Memorial
Inscription.
On 18 April 1942, Lt. Colonel 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 land-based bombers. They took off from the U.S. Navy carrier Hornet and accomplished a feat believed impossible at this 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. Increased distance and head winds caused 15 aircraft to arrive over China in darkness and bad weather . All crews bailed out or ditched. One crewman died on bailout; two drowned. 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; and one died of beri-beri and malnutrion. The remaining four survived nearly 40 months of imprisonment until released by American troops in August 1945.

The major results of the Doolittle-led 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 directly precipitated
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
2. Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Memorial
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.
 
Erected by Doolittle Toyko Raiders.
 
Location. 39° 46.802′ N, 84° 6.71′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker (Memorial #84) is in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fifth Fighter Squadron (a few steps from this marker); Pilot Training Class "52 Charlie" (a few steps from this marker); 442nd Troop Carrier Wing (a few steps from this marker); 13th Bomb Squadron (a few steps from this marker); 21st Air Depot Group (a few steps from this marker); 352nd Fighter Group (a few steps from this marker); 4th Air Depot Group (within shouting distance of this marker); 364th Fighter Group (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Emblem image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
3. Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Emblem

1. NMUSAF Memorial Park Diagram. (Submitted on February 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Doolittle Toyko Raiders (Association). (Submitted on February 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Site maintained by a child of a Raider. (Submitted on February 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Memorial Artwork image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
4. Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Memorial Artwork
Doolittle Raiders Marker Key image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
5. Doolittle Raiders Marker Key
Raiders Takeoff No. 1 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
6. Raiders Takeoff No. 1 Bail Out, China
P Lt Col James R. Doolittle
CP Lt Richard E. Cole
N Lt Henry A. Potter
B S/Sgt Fred A. Braemer
EG S/Sgt Paul J. Leonard
Raiders Takeoff No. 2 Crash Landed, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
7. Raiders Takeoff No. 2 Crash Landed, China
P Lt Travis Hoover
CP Lt William N. Fitzhugh
N Lt Carl N. Wildner
B Lt Richard E. Miller
EG Sgt Douglas V. Radney
Raiders Takeoff No. 3 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
8. Raiders Takeoff No. 3 Bail Out, China
P Lt Robert M. Gray
CP Lt Jacob E. Manch
N Lt Charles J. Ozuk Jr
B Sgt Aden E. Jones
EG Cpl Leland D. Faktor
Raiders Takeoff No. 4 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
9. Raiders Takeoff No. 4 Bail Out, China
P Lt Everett W. Holstrom
CP Lt Lucian N. Youngblood
N Lt Harry C. McCool
B Sgt Robert J. Stephens
EG Cpl Bert M. Jordan
Raiders Takeoff No. 5 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
10. Raiders Takeoff No. 5 Bail Out, China
P Capt David M. Jones
CP Lt Rodney R. Wilder
N Lt Eugene F. McGurl
B Lt Denver V. Truelove
EG Sgt Joseph W. Manske
Raiders Takeoff No. 6 Ditched Off China Coast image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
11. Raiders Takeoff No. 6 Ditched Off China Coast
P Lt Dean E. Hallmark
CP Lt Robert J. Meder
N Lt Chase J. Nielsen
B Sgt William J. Dieter
EG Sgt Donald E. Fitzmaurice
Raiders Takeoff No. 7 Crash Landed, China Coast image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
12. Raiders Takeoff No. 7 Crash Landed, China Coast
P Lt Ted W. Lawson
CP Lt Dean Davenport
N Lt Charles L. McClure
B Lt Robert S. Clever
EG Sgt David J. Thatcher
Raiders Takeoff No. 8 Landed in Russia Interned image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
13. Raiders Takeoff No. 8 Landed in Russia Interned
P Capt Edward J. York
CP Lt Robert G. Emmens
NB Lt Nolan A. Herndon
E S/Sgt Theodore H. Laban
G Sgt David W. Pohl
Raiders Takeoff No. 9 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
14. Raiders Takeoff No. 9 Bail Out, China
P Lt Harold F. Watson
CP Lt James M. Parker Jr
N Lt Thomas C. Griffin
B Sgt Wayne M. Bissell
EG T/Sgt Eldred V. Scott
Raiders Takeoff No. 10 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
15. Raiders Takeoff No. 10 Bail Out, China
P Lt Richard O. Joyce
CP Lt J. Royden Stork
NB Lt Horace E. Crouch
E Sgt George E. Larkin
G S/Sgt Edwin W. Horton Jr
Raiders Takeoff No. 11 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
16. Raiders Takeoff No. 11 Bail Out, China
P Capt C. Ross Greening
CP Lt Kenneth E. Reddy
N Lt Frank A. Kappeler
B S/Sgt William L. Birch
EG Sgt Melvin J. Gardner
Raiders Takeoff No. 12 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
17. Raiders Takeoff No. 12 Bail Out, China
P Lt William M. Bower
CP Lt Thadd H. Blanton
N Lt William R. Pound
B T/Sgt Waldo J. Bither
EG S/Sgt Omer A. Duquette
Raiders Takeoff No. 13 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
18. Raiders Takeoff No. 13 Bail Out, China
P Lt Edgar E. McElroy
CP Lt Richard A. Knobloch
N Lt Clayton J. Campbell
B Sgt Robert C. Bourgeois
EG Sgt Adam R. Williams
Raiders Takeoff No. 14 Bail Out, China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
19. Raiders Takeoff No. 14 Bail Out, China
P Maj John A. Hilger
CP Lt Jack A. Sims
NB Lt James H. Macia Jr
E S/Sgt Jacob Eierman
G S/Sgt Edwin V. Bain
Raiders Takeoff No. 15 Ditched Off China Coast image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
20. Raiders Takeoff No. 15 Ditched Off China Coast
P Lt Donald G. Smith
CP Lt Griffith P. Williams
NB Lt Howard A. Sessler
E Sgt Edward J. Saylor
G Lt Thomas R. White MD
Raiders Takeoff No. 16 Bail Out China image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
21. Raiders Takeoff No. 16 Bail Out China
P Lt William G. Farrow
CP Lt Robert L. Hite
N Lt George Barr
B Cpl Jacob D. DeShazer
EG Sgt Harold A. Spatz
NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
22. NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign
64th Anniversary Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 18, 2006
23. 64th Anniversary Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,476 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. submitted on February 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   22. submitted on December 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   23. submitted on March 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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