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One of the Doolittle Raid B-25 bomber crews aboard USS Hornet shortly before the mission, Apr 1942

Caption     One of the Doolittle Raid B-25 bomber crews aboard USS Hornet shortly before the mission, Apr 1942 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
31 Jul 2012 02:28:06 AM

This is Doolittle Crew #7 (seventh to fly off Hornet). L to R they are: Lt Charles L McClure (Navigator), Lt Ted W Lawson (Pilot), Lt Robert S Clever (Bombardier), Lt Dean Davenport (Co-Pilot), Sgt David J Thatcher (Engineer/Gunner). All survived the mission after ditching near the Chinese coast, although Lt Lawson had one leg amputated while still in China. Lt Clever was killed in an aviation accident in Ohio six months after the mission but the other four survived the war. Ted Lawson wrote the famous book Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo that also became a successful movie.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Jul 2015 09:36:53 AM

Thank you Mr. Stubblebine for describing the names of crew #7


L to R Lt. Charles l. McClure, Lt. Ted L. Lawson, Lt. Robert S. Clever, Lt. Dean Davenport, Sgt. David J. Thatcher


Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker the movie tells the story of the Doolittle Raid over
Japan. To add to the realism of the film. a real fire was taking place as the B-25s flew past the tank farm.
San Diego stood in for Japanese cities, the sound
stage real B-25s for the carrier takeoff shots. The real stars were the North American B-25s

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