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Doolittle’s granddaughter visits 95th RS

From left to right, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Garbarini, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent (formerly 95th Reconnaissance Squadron quality assurance superintendent); U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander; Jonna Doolittle Hoppes; Maj. Cary McCreary, 95th RS historian and assistant director of operations, and Lt. Col. Matt Cottrill, 95th RS director of operations, pose for a photo May 12, 2017, at the 95th RS Heritage Hub on RAF Mildenhall, England. Doolittle Hoppes is the granddaughter of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. Doolittle led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His crew on that mission became known as the “Doolittle Raiders.” During World War II, six of the 16 Doolittle Raiders’ crew were from the 95th Bomb Squadron. The 95th BS was redesignated the 95th RS in 1982. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

From left to right, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Garbarini, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent (formerly 95th Reconnaissance Squadron quality assurance superintendent); U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander; Jonna Doolittle Hoppes; Maj. Cary McCreary, 95th RS historian and assistant director of operations, and Lt. Col. Matt Cottrill, 95th RS director of operations, pose for a photo May 12, 2017, at the 95th RS Heritage Hub on RAF Mildenhall, England. Doolittle Hoppes is the granddaughter of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. Doolittle led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His crew on that mission became known as the “Doolittle Raiders.” During World War II, six of the 16 Doolittle Raiders’ crew were from the 95th Bomb Squadron. The 95th BS was redesignated the 95th RS in 1982. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

A photo of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and his crew who formed part of the “Doolittle Raiders,” sits on a table at the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron Heritage Hub after being signed by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, Doolittle’s granddaughter, May 12, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. While at RAF Mildenhall, Doolittle Hoppes shared that when Spencer Tracy was asked to play the role of her grandfather in the movie “Thirty Seconds over Tokyo,” the first thing he said was “I’ll let you know…” then proceeded to call Jimmy Doolittle himself to ask his permission to play the role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

A photo of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and his crew who formed part of the “Doolittle Raiders,” sits on a table at the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron Heritage Hub after being signed by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, Doolittle’s granddaughter, May 12, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. While at RAF Mildenhall, Doolittle Hoppes shared that when Spencer Tracy was asked to play the role of her grandfather in the movie “Thirty Seconds over Tokyo,” the first thing he said was “I’ll let you know…” then proceeded to call Jimmy Doolittle himself to ask his permission to play the role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps, signs a photo of her grandfather and some of his crew during a visit to the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron Heritage Hub. On April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. Doolittle led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His crew on that mission became known as the “Doolittle Raiders.” Hoppes visited RAF Mildenhall along with former World War II bases in East Anglia during the 100th Bomb Group Foundation visit to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 100th Bomb Group. During World War II, six of the 16 Doolittle Raiders’ crew were from the 95th Bomb Squadron. The 95th BS was redesignated the 95th RS in 1982. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps, signs a photo of her grandfather and some of his crew during a visit to the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron Heritage Hub. On April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. Doolittle led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His crew on that mission became known as the “Doolittle Raiders.” Hoppes visited RAF Mildenhall along with former World War II bases in East Anglia during the 100th Bomb Group Foundation visit to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 100th Bomb Group. During World War II, six of the 16 Doolittle Raiders’ crew were from the 95th Bomb Squadron. The 95th BS was redesignated the 95th RS in 1982. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, United Kingdom --

Just over 75 years ago, on April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his crew of “Doolittle Raiders led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of American aviation pioneer and retired U.S. Army Air Corps lieutenant general Doolittle, visited the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, a 55th Wing geographically separated unit at RAF Mildenhall, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the raid.

During World War II, six of the 16 Doolittle Raiders’ crew were from the 95th Bomb Squadron, now designated as the 95th RS. Hoppes signed photos of her grandfather and some of his crew during a visit to their heritage hub.

The visit was part of the 100th Bomb Group Foundation’s tour of former World War II bases in East Anglia.