One of the five Doolittle Raiders expected to attend this week’s 70th anniversary gathering at Wright-Patt Air Force Base will not be able to attend.
Wright-Patt’s web-site says Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, co-pilot of Bomber 16, will not attend due to health reasons. The World War II vintage bomber planes began landing at Wright-Patt this morning. Tomorrow 21 Bombers are expected to take part in a fly over as part of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid.
The planes will be on display to the public. Other events include autograph signing session Wednesday and Thursday and a memorial service and banquet.
Survivors and relatives of the Navy aircraft carrier crew that launched their B-25's, and those of Chinese villagers who rescued many of them will also take part.