Big crowd expected for Ohio WWII ceremony

By By DAN SEWELL

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — People from around the U.S. and the world are expected in Ohio when surviving Doolittle Raiders make a final toast to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton says more than 600 people, including Raiders widows and children, plan to attend the invitation-only ceremony. Also expected are relatives of Chinese villagers who helped Raiders elude capture.

The toast grew from reunions led by James "Jimmy" Doolittle, who commanded the daring mission that boosted American morale and unbalanced the Japanese after a string of military successes.

Only four of the 80 Raiders are still alive, and one wasn't able to travel. They decided they would gather this autumn for one last toast together.

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