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COLONEL WILLIAM M. "BILL" BOWER - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 276109

BILL BOWER (DOOLITTLE RAIDER) Signature: "Bill Bower/Pilot crew #12/Doolittle Raider", 5x3 card. Led by James "Jimmy" Doolittle, 80 men on 16 B-25 bombers took off from the carrier USS Hornet on April 18, 1942.

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BILL BOWER (DOOLITTLE RAIDER)
Signature: "Bill Bower/Pilot crew #12/Doolittle Raider", 5x3 card. Led by James "Jimmy" Doolittle, 80 men on 16 B-25 bombers took off from the carrier USS Hornet on April 18, 1942. 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 and scored a huge victory for U.S. morale at a time when Japan's position in the Pacific seemed impregnable. Lieutenant William Bower and crew successfully bombed the Ogura refinery, two factories and a large warehouse along the docks at Yokohama. This they accomplished despite two enemy fighters that trailed them inland, and a series of barrage balloons over their target. On their flight to reach China flew over a Japanese weather boat. They strafed and sank it before flying on to bail out over China. The entire crew reached safety. Bower (b. 1917) later flew an Eighth Air Force bomber in the European Theater. He retired from the Air Force in 1966. Fine condition.

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