by Rob Bardua
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
11/16/2009 – DAYTON, Ohio — The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders are in the final stages of planning their 68th reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, April 16-18.
The reunion will include a free public autograph session, educational event and memorial service at the museum, as well as a dinner (for a charge). In addition, a free public concert honoring the Raiders will take place at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.
Of the nine living Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, five are currently able to travel and plan to be on-hand for the reunion events.
As a possible special tribute to the Raiders during the reunion, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, Inc. is hoping to secure enough sponsorship funding to fly in and land 25 B-25 Mitchell Bombers on the runway behind the museum. If their efforts are successful, this aviation event would be the largest gathering of B-25s since WWII.