|By Carmelo Turdo|
|B-25 "Show Me"|
The aircraft departed for Wright-Patterson AFB on April 17 for the reunion ceremony to be held the following day. Four of the surviving Raiders (Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Maj. Thomas Griffin, Lt. Col. Robert Hite, Lt. Col. Edward Saylor and Master Sgt. David Thatcher) were present, along with a survivor of the sinking of the USS Hornet, Chief Petty Office Allen Josey. The 20-plane formation of B-25s then saluted the Raiders, past and present. Looney, who attended the 68, 69 and 70 year reunions commented, "Each time I thought it would be the last reunion." He was gratified to participate, and looks forward to the next one.
For more information on the 71-year reunion of the Doolittle Raiders, please visit http://doolittleraider.com/.