Col. Edward Saylor one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders, died at his
home in Washington State last Wednesday at the age of 94.
Saylor enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 7, 1939,
and served as an enlisted airman throughout World War II.
On April 18, 1942, he joined 79 other volunteers led
by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle on a top-secret mission to bomb targets in Japan.
Saylor was an engineer in the 15th of 16 B-25 Army bombers,
which launched from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, something never attempted
Though largely symbolic, the mission was a huge success
in boosting American morale and wounding that of the Japanese—it
proved Japan's home islands were not beyond the reach of US sea- and airpower.
Three American heroes still alive from the original
79 Doolittle Raiders are Lt. Col. Richard Cole, co-pilot of crew 1, retired
SSgt. David Thatcher, engineer-gunner of crew No. 7, and Lt. Col. Bob
Hite, copilot crew 16.