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Robert Hite, 95, Survivor of Doolittle Raid and Japanese Imprisonment, Dies


On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The Doolittle Raiders symbolize the bravery, determination and innovation of so many who helped America master the skies. Yesterday these heroic Airmen were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their volunteer service during World War…


Don't be surprised if it the first time you hear this name, but his man was the pilot of all pilots. At the age of 15 he built his own glider, jumped of a cliff and well - crashed. But it didn't stop him, his passion for aviation only grew stronger. He achieved a doctorate in aeronautical engineering and two years later performed the first ever outside loop with a Curtiss Hawk. He then took up racing, wining most major trophies possible and braking the landplane speed record.


Four unidentified Doolittle Raid crewmen, who bailed out over China from Aircraft #14, are escorted in a Chinese village before being reunited with other airmen in April of 1942. Most of the crew members made it to China, either crash landing, or bailing out over land. The assistance given by the Chinese to the airmen spurred the Japanese Imperial Army to carry out a retaliatory action called the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign -- over the course of four months entire villages were destroyed.


What the Japanese Did To The Chinese Who Helped The Doolittle Raid Airmen... -