CAPTAIN J. ROYDEN STORK - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD KNOBLOCH - HFSID 322802
J.R. STORK, RICHARD KNOBLOCH Heroes of Doolittle's Raiders are shown side by side, each signing by his respective image. (7x5) Photograph signed: "J.R. Stork/ #10 C.P.", "Rick Knobloch #13", B/w, 7x5. Eighty men took off in 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers from the U.S.S.
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J.R. STORK, RICHARD KNOBLOCH Heroes of Doolittle's Raiders are shown side by side, each signing by his respective image. (7x5) Photograph signed: "J.R. Stork/ #10 C.P.", "Rick Knobloch #13", B/w, 7x5. Eighty men took off in 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers from the U.S.S. Hornet for a daring raid over Japan on April 18, 1942. Led by James "Jimmy" Doolittle, the raid, which marked the first time fully loaded bombers took off from an aircraft carrier, was in retaliation for Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. "Doolittle's Raiders" hit targets in Tokyo, Yokohama and other cities. Although it inflicted little physical damage on Japan, Doolittle's raid was a huge morale booster for the American people, who had been hearing of one defeat after another since Japan's commenced the Pacific phase of WWII, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender of the surrender of Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines (April 8, 1942). Miraculously, 72 of the 80 crew members survived, four dying on the mission and four more in Japanese captivity. In addition to the morale boost, the raid had strategic significance, solidifying support among Japanese military planners for Admiral Yamamoto's ultimately disastrous attack on Midway Island in the central Pacific. Captain J.R. Stork (1916-2002) was co-pilot of Crew 10 in the Doolittle Raid. His 6 years of active duty earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air medal and the Chinese Army, Navy and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade. Brigadier General Richard Knobloch (1918-2001) was a co-pilot of Crew 13 in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Following the war he became the Vice Commander of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing of the Ninth Air Force. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Pacific Air Forces. His 30 years in the military earned him Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Fine condition.
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