Surviving WWII Doolittle Raiders Toast Comrades

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The surviving members of the World War II Air Force regimen, known as the Doolittle Raiders, raised their glasses to their fallen comrades in a ceremony Saturday at Dayton, Ohio's Air Force Museum.

On April 18, 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 80 men made a daring bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan.

Led by Lt. Gen. James Doolittle, they flew specially modified B-25 bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier. Eight crewmen were captured by the Japanese, and three were executed.

The raid did little damage to Tokyo, but it lifted American morale at a crucial time in the war.

At the ceremony, 76 down turned glasses represented those lost in the war and in the years since.

Lt. Gen. Doolittle had passed on a bottle of Cognac with the instructions for the last survivor to drink a final toast to their fellow raiders.

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