Doolittle Raiders reuniting this weekend

It's been 69 years since the Doolittle Raiders invaded Japan during World War Two and this weekend, the remaining members are reuniting in Lincoln.

One of them was a Lincoln resident.  Next Monday is the anniversary of the day the U.S. fought back after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That event helped shape American history as we know it. A WWII B-25 bomber was at Silverhawk Aviation, the same kind of plane used in the air attack on Japan by the Doolittle Raiders.

80 pilots risked their lives for our freedom that day and today, only five remain. Bob Joyce's father, Richard, who was from Lincoln, piloted a B–25 during the raid.

“It's a great symbol of the sacrifices that millions of Americans made so we could enjoy this standard of living,” says Joyce.  Richard Joyce enlisted as a cadet in the Army Air Corps in 1941. Little did he know he'd be called to action in the first air raid over Japan. It's been a long time since that fateful day, Joyce and the other Doolittle Raiders continue to inspire generations.

“We have to realize what they did for us sixty some–odd years ago. Most of these guys back then were 18, 19, 20 years old doing this stuff. We're just glad to be apart of it and just come out and support them,” says Joyce.

As part of the anniversary celebration, several events are taking place this week to help people learn.  On Thursday, the surviving members will lay wreaths over the graves of two fellow Raiders buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln. Richard Joyce and Fred Braemer are buried there.  They will also take part at an event at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland.

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