Free concert to honor Doolittle Raiders

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will be honored in a special way during their 68th reunion with a tribute concert performed by the U.S. Air Force’s “Airmen of Note” at Wright State University’s Nutter Center April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, which is free to the public, will feature patriotic and World War II-era music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, the “Airmen of Note” features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands.

Other events planned during what could possibly be the Raiders’ last major public reunion include three autograph sessions, a memorial service and a B-25 flyover at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Fundraising efforts by the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, Inc. to fly in and land 25 B-25 Mitchell bombers on the runway behind the museum continue. If their efforts are successful, this aviation event would be the largest gathering of B-25s since World War II. To date, 18 B-25 bombers have agreed to participate. Those interested in helping to make this flight of B-25 bombers possible should contact Tom Casey with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, Inc. at 941-921-7361 or by email at: tomcat911@comcast.net.

For the full reunion schedule, including event times, click here.

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