Original U.S. Signed Picture: “Doolittle’s Raiders” Framed Picture Signed By Bill Bower, R.E. Cole and Ed Horton - 16 ¼” x 13 ¼”

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This lovely signed image is of Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle (left front) and Captain Marc A. Mitscher, Hornet commanding officer, posing with a 500-pound bomb and USAAF aircrew members during ceremonies on Hornet's flight deck prior to the raid.

The Signatures Present:

- Colonel William Marsh Bower: William Marsh Bower was an American aviator, U.S. Air Force Colonel and veteran of World War II. Bower was the last surviving pilot (e.g., aircraft commander) of the Doolittle Raid, the first air raid to target the Japanese home island of Honshu.

- Colonel Richard Eugene Cole: Richard Eugene Cole was a United States Air Force colonel. During World War II, he was one of the airmen who took part in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan, on April 18, 1942. He served as the co-pilot to Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle in the lead airplane of the raid by sixteen B-25 bombers, which for the first time took off from an aircraft carrier on a bombing mission.

Cole remained in China after the raid until June 1943, and served again in the China Burma India Theater from October 1943 until June 1944. He later served as operations advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 and became the last living Doolittle Raider in 2016.

- Master Sergeant Edwin Weston Horton Jr: Graduated from High School in 1934 and entered service on September 30, 1935 at Providence, Rhode Island. Served overseas with Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii from 1935 to 1938 before re-enlisting and serving with the 95th Bomb Squadron at March Field, California. Completed Gun Turret-Maintenance School, Aircraft Armorer and Aircraft Mechanics Schools. Remained in China-Burma-India Theater after Tokyo Raid until July 1943. Held various Stateside assignments in Oklahoma and Florida. Served overseas at Wheelus Field, Tripoli, Libya and retired from the service in 1960. Decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.

A wonderful framed example ready for display.

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