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Doolittle's Raid survivors' 70th reunion in Ohio

By Dan Sewell

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 16 2012 12:50 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this April 17, 2010 file photo, four survivors of the April 17, 1942 bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan, led by Jimmy Doolittle, pose for photographs in front of a B-25 bomber at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. celebrate the 70th anniversary of their raid on Japan April 17-20, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

The Daily News,Mike Ullery, File, Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The last five survivors of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid gather this week in Ohio for their 70th anniversary reunion — and a solemn ritual of remembrance.

The celebration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton includes as guests survivors or relatives of the aircraft carrier that launched "Doolittle's Raiders" — and of Chinese villagers who helped save them afterward.

It begins Tuesday with a fly-in of vintage B-25 bomber planes. Highlights include autograph sessions, a showing of the 1944 movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and a memorial service. Privately, the Raiders will toast with engraved silver goblets the 75 who have passed before them.

Raider Thomas Griffin says this will be a special reunion, likely their last big one, as all are in their 90s.

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