DOOLITTLE RAIDERS - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LT. COLONEL CHASE J. NIELSEN, JACOB DE SHAZER, LT. COLONEL ROBERT L. HITE, COLONEL WILLIAM M. "BILL" BOWER, MAJOR NOLAN A. "SUE" HERNDON, LT. COLONEL EDWARD J. SAYLOR, LT. COLONEL HARRY C. MCCOOL, CAPTAIN CHARLES J. OZUK, ED McELROY - HFSID 265623
DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS. First Day Cover signed: "Bill Bower Crew #12", "Robert L Hite/Co-Pilot Plane #16/'Doolittle
Sale Price $680.00
DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS. First Day Cover signed: "Bill Bower Crew #12", "Robert L Hite/Co-Pilot Plane #16/'Doolittle Toyko Raid'/4-18-1942", "Chase Neilsen/Navigator Crew #6/'Doolittle Toyko Raid'", "Jacob De Shazer/Crew #16/Japan 4-18-42", "Harry R. McCool Crew #4", "Charles J Ozuk #3", "Nolan A. Herndon/Doolittle Raider", "Edward Saylor Crew 15" and "Ed E. McElroy - Doolittle/Raider", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring aviation pioneer William T. Piper, 40-cent Piper Airmail stamp affixed, postmarked Denver, Colorado, May 17, 1991, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Signatures of nine of the 80 men who 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 and scored a huge victory for U.S. morale at a time when Japan's position in the Pacific seemed impregnable. Fine condition.
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