DOOLITTLE RAIDERS - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL JOSEPH W. MANSKE, DOUGLAS V. RADNEY, DAVID J. THATCHER, LT. COLONEL CHASE J. NIELSEN, JACOB DE SHAZER, EDWIN W. HORTON JR., COLONEL WILLIAM M. "BILL" BOWER, COLONEL RICHARD E. COLE, BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD KNOBLOCH, COLONEL JACK A. SIMS, HENRY A. POTTER, COLONEL CLAYTON J. CAMPBELL, CAPTAIN J. ROYDEN STORK, LT. COLONEL HORACE E. "SALLY" CROUCH, BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. "JIMMY" DOOLITTLE, BERT M. JORDAN, JAMES H. MACIA - HFSID 184772
DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS: JIMMY DOOLITTLE and 16 others Seventeen heroes sign a First Day Cover honoring Amelia Earhart First Day Cover signed: "J. H. Doolittle", "Doug
Sale Price $680.00
DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS: JIMMY DOOLITTLE and 16 others Seventeen heroes sign a First Day Cover honoring Amelia Earhart First Day Cover signed: "J. H. Doolittle", "Doug Radney", "Hank Potter", "R E Cole", Clay Campbell 13", "Jacob DeShazer", "Ed Horton", "J R Stork", "Chase Nielsen", "Bill Bower", "B. M. Jordan", "David J Thatcher #7", "Jack A Sims", "Joe Manske", "R A Knobloch", "James H Macia", "H. E. 'Sally' Crouch #10", , 6½x3½. FDC honoring Amelia Earhart, postmarked Atchison, Kansas, July 24, 1963, 8-cent stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. 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. Lightly worn at corners. Fine condition.
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