LT. COLONEL ROBERT L. HITE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 322798
Sale Price $252.00
DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS: ROBERT L. HITE
Youthful photograph of the downed Raider and Japanese prisoner of war (4x6¼)
Photograph signed: "Robert L. Hite #16". B/w, 4x6¼. 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. Plane #16, with Lieutenant Robert L. Hite (1920-2015) as co-pilot, the last to leave the deck of the Hornet 59 minutes after Doolittle, faced forewarned Japanese defenses. The ill-fated crew successfully bombed oil storage tanks and an aircraft factory despite enemy fighter attacks, then headed on to China. Due to low fuel, pilot W. G. Farrow instructed his crew to bail out, even though he knew they were close to enemy-held Nangchang city. All five crewmen became Prisoners of War. Hite's weight dropped to 80 pounds during his 40-month captivity. He returned to active duty during the Korean War. Fine condition.
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