Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Hero Passes

Maj. Thomas Griffin, USAAF (Ret.) passed away this past Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the age of 96.

Major Griffin was the navigator on B-25 #9, during the Doolittle Raid in 1942.  His passing leaves just 4 Doolittle Raiders still with us, out of the 80 men who flew the 16 bombers off the deck of the USS Hornet to attack Japan.

Major Griffin parachuted from his B-25 over China as it ran out of fuel after the bombing raid.  He evaded capture, and returned to action.  He flew bombing missions out of North Africa, before being shot down in 1943.  He then spent the final two years of the war in a German POW camp.

Godspeed, Major ...

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