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DOOLITTLE RAIDERS - COLLECTION WITH LT. COLONEL CHASE J. NIELSEN, LT. COLONEL ROBERT L. HITE, EDWIN W. HORTON JR., COLONEL WILLIAM M. "BILL" BOWER AND OTHERS - HFSID 270840

DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS Nine of the heroic World War II aviators Photograph signed: "The Doolittle Tokyo Raid/4-18-42/William L Birch/Bombardier Crew #11", "Ed Horton/Crew #10", and "Bill Bower Pilot #12". B/w, 10x8, matted with six 5x3 cards to an overall size of 12x20.

Sale Price $480.00

Reg. $600.00

Condition: fine condition
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DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS
Nine of the heroic World War II aviators
Photograph signed: "The Doolittle Tokyo Raid/4-18-42/William L Birch/Bombardier Crew #11", "Ed Horton/Crew #10", and "Bill Bower Pilot #12". B/w, 10x8, matted with six 5x3 cards to an overall size of 12x20. The size cards are signed as follows: 1) "Robert L Hite/co-pilot Plane #16/'Doolittle Tokyo Raid'/4-18-1942"; 2) Charles J. Ozuk/Doolittle Crew #3"'; 3) "Frank A. Kappeler/Navigator, Crew #11/Doolittle Raid on Japan/18 April 1942"; 4) "Chase J Nielson/Navigator Crew #6/'Doolittle Tokyo Raid'"; 5) "Edgar E. McElroy/Lt. Col. USAF (RTD)"; and 6) "Tom Griffin/Nav. Pl #9/Doolittle Tokyo Raid". 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 World War II, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender of the surrender of Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines (April 8, 1942). Sixteen stripped down B-25 bombers, especially equipped to take off from the flight deck of the carrier Hornet, were launched from the extreme edge of their range to bomb industrial targets in the Japanese homeland. Forced to take off early because they had been sighted by Japanese pickets, the bombers made crash landings short of their destination in China. 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. Fine condition. Matted, not in Gallery of History style. Not reviewed by us for conservation integrity. "As is" matting purchase.

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