Doolittle Raider Mission

Date: Friday, November 09, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: Russell Hall Auditorium Russell Hall
Cost: free admission 

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It is the University of Alabama's privilege to have two WWII American aviators, who took part in the first successful medium bomber aircraft mission off an aircraft carrier, speak about that historical mission.  Flying 16 B-25B Mitchell  medium Bombers, these brave men, known as 'Doolittle Raiders', flew a bombing mission from the USS Hornet, deep in the western Pacific Ocean, striking strategic targets in Japan.  With low fuel reserves, the mission plan was for each crew to do all they could to recover in China.  Several crews struggled to reach the Chinese shoreline; not all crews were so fortunate.  Now known as the "Doolittle Raid", this mission took place on April 18, 1942, and helped turn the tide of the war in favor of the Allied Forces.  Joining us on Friday, November 9, 2012, from that historic mission, is navigator, and 1939 Alabama Alumnus Major Thomas Griffin, and his close friend and Army Air Corps comrade on the mission, co-pilot, Lt Col Dick Cole.  Their presentation will be held in the Russell Hall auditorium, at 2:00pm, and is open to all UA students, faculty, staff and friends (seating is limited).  We hope you will join us for this informative and historic presentation.  Point of Contact for visit:  Duane Lamb, AVP, Facilities & Grounds (348-8092).

Contact Info: Duane Lamb, (205) 348-8092,

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