Contribute Now
Doolittle's Raiders | A Final Toast | Topics | WMHT
  • Click to contribute to WMHT
  • Click to make/update a sustaining contribution to WMHT
  • Click to join the WMHT e-news mailing list

Doolittle's Raiders | A Final Toast

Last Updated by WMHT Web Editor on

Watch Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 3pm on WMHT-TV

The bottle of 1896 Hennessy Cognac was uncorked in front of hundreds of people. The surviving World War II veterans from one of history’s greatest military missions were about to raise their silver goblets one last time ending a decades long tradition. It was time for the veterans to hold this final toast. They could wait no longer. Their numbers had dwindled to just a few. Many of the names of the 80 flyers who took part in the April 18, 1942 raid on Japan may not be familiar to most, but collectively they will always be known in history as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Long ago these American flyers, aboard 16 B-25 bombers, had accomplished a daring mission that changed the morale of an entire nation. The aviators, led by famed commander Lt. Col. James Harold Doolittle, had taken the fight directly to the enemy for the first time in the war and delivered retribution for Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Learn the story of how Theodore Roosevelt became our nation’s 26th president.

POV Documentary Blog

An Intimate Look from Behind the Scenes and Through the Lens—in ‘Cameraperson,' Airing Monday, October 23, 2017 on POV

'Cameraperson' has its national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 (check local listings).