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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) Doolittle’s granddaughter visits 95th RS
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
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Webster, left, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron commander, makes a toast to honor David Thatcher, former Doolittle Raider, June 24, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Thatcher, one of the last two surviving Doolittle Raiders to survive, who passed away June 22, 2016. The Doolittle Raid was carried out in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Halan/Released) 95th Reconnaissance Squadron honors Doolittle Raider David Thatcher
Doolittle Raider David Thatcher passed away Wednesday June 22, in Missoula, Montana. 4,566 miles away the following Friday members of the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England honored him and his legacy. The Doolittle Raid was in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor caused minor damage to the Japanese home island, it was a huge morale boost to the American public after the surprise attack, Dec. 7, 1941.
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