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One of two remaining airmen who flew in World War II 'Doolittle Raid' dies

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    One of two remaining airmen who flew in World War II 'Doolittle Raid' dies
    Published June 22, 2016
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    April 18, 2015: Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, front left, and Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, right, pose for photos with Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson, rear left, Director National Museum of the United States Air Force, and Air Force Material Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarge (AP Photo/Gary Landers,File)

    One of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders -- who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale -- has died in Montana, his family said.

    Retired Staff Sgt. David Jonathan Thatcher died Wednesday in a Missoula hospital. He was 94. He suffered a stroke on Sunday, Thatcher's son Jeff told the Missoulian newspaper.

    Thatcher's death leaves Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole of Comfort, Texas, as the only living airman from among 80 who took off from an aircraft carrier on 16 B-25 bombers to target factory areas and military installations in Japan on April 18, 1942. Afterward, the planes headed for airfields in mainland China, realizing they would run out of fuel, according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

    The mission lifted American spirits five months after Pearl Harbor was bombed and forced the Japanese to spend resources defending their home islands.

    Thatcher was engineer-gunner aboard the plane nicknamed "The Ruptured Duck."

    One of two remaining airmen who flew in World War II 'Doolittle Raid' dies | Fox News
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  2. HousingCop

    HousingCop Czar of Cyncism and Satire

    I wonder how many Millenials will read this today in their "safe space" on campus today? My bet is ZERO. How far we have fallen....... sad. HC
  3. HistoryHound

    HistoryHound Supporting Member

  4. Fuzzywuzzy

    Fuzzywuzzy MassCops Member

    Alot of these guys were convinced they were going on a suicide mission. Nonetheless they would have decked you if you tried to stop them from going.
    RIP Warrior.
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  5. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Those same entitled babies will fail to start paying back their student loans cuz they want to wait for Obama/Hillary to grant them amnesty from having to do so!!!

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  6. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    It must be a strange feeling getting out of the service, coming home and start working while your classmates whine about student loans living at mommies house :rolleyes:

    R.I.P. to those brave men of WWII
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