In Memory of Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor – Doolittle Tokyo Raider

WARBIRD RADIO – We’re sadden to learn Lieutenant Colonel Edward J. Saylor, one of the 80 brave men known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, has died.  Lt. Col. Saylor passed away quietly at his home in Washington State around 11:00am on Wednesday January, 28th, 2015.

Warbird Radio spoke to Tom and Catherine Casey, long time friends and managers of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, who confirmed Mr. Saylor’s passing.  The Casey’s said: “We are truly saddened at the passing of Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, engineer of Crew 15. We are also very proud to have known and spent so much time with him. We will miss his sense of humor, his smile and his dedication to the legacy of Doolittle Tokyo Raid.

Lt. Col. Saylor requested there be no funeral or military ceremony.  His final wishes were simple, to be buried beside his wife.  If you’d like to honor the memory of Lt. Col. Saylor, he asked that you make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, a Quick Link has been posted below.

FYI:  Our final interview with Mr. Saylor has been edited and posted below for your enjoyment.  His story is truly unique and one seldom shared.  God speed Mr. Saylor.

QUICK LINK:  Wounded Warrior Foundation

The Legacy Lives On – 34th Bomb Squadron Presents Patch To Honor Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

NewMeetsOld1WARBIRD RADIO – It was a special moment when members of the 34th Bomb Squadron presented Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole (RET) and the other surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders their current “active duty” patch flown in combat.  The event took place April 19th 2013 during the Doolittle Tokyo Raider’s last public reunion in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

The 34th Bomb Squadron currently operates B-1 “Lancers” and is recognized as one of the oldest squadrons in the United States Air Force.  Along side sister squadrons, the 37th and 95th Bomb Squadron the 34th contributed aircrews for the Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942.  In this historic snapshot the new meets the old and the proud legacy of the 34th Thunderbirds continues.

QUICK LINK:  34th Bomb Squadron

Remembering Tom Griffin And The Latest On Sequestration – Warbird Radio – Episode 395

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WARBIRD RADIO – This week we remember our friend and Doolittle Tokyo Raider Major Tom Griffin.  Mr. Griffin passed away earlier this week and we thought it appropriate to pay tribute to him on this episode.  We’ll also check in with John Cudahy from the International Council of Air Shows with the latest news on Sequestration and the pending air show cut backs.

QUICK LINK: Robert Seale

Memorial Service for Tom Griffin on Saturday March 9th   11 A.M.

The service will be located at the Green Township Veterans Park, located at 6231 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45247
For flowers and information:   Mr. Peter Minges.

NEIDHARD MINGES FUNERAL HOME  3155 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211
Phone number for Funeral Home: 513 6561 3022

Service will include:  USAF Honor Guard, and fly-over (B-25 Tri State War Bird Museum)

Guest Speakers to be announced

Family requests any donations should be made out to:  Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Education Fund.  c/o

Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole  48 Blasch,   Comfort, TX 78013

 

WEDNESDAY – Doolittle Raiders Reunion Coverages Continues With NMUSAF Director Gen. Jack Hudson (USAF RET) – Warbird Radio LIVE!

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WEDNESDAY – Our coverage of the 70th Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion continues with the Director of the National Museum of the United States Air Force – Lieutenant General John “Jack” Hudson on Warbird Radio LIVE!  Tune in and hear what the 70th Doolittle Raiders Reunion means to the NMUSAF and how they prepared for this epic event.  We’ll also hear from the Doolittle Raiders themselves…  Don’t miss a minute of the action!  Show time is 10am (EASTERN). Thanks for listening!

FYI…Be sure to help spread the word about our LIVE broadcast of the fly-over.  Coverage begins at 12pm (EASTERN).

QUICK LINK:  Doolittle Raiders Reunion

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

Doolittle Tokyo Raider David Thatcher

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WARBIRD RADIO – (From the archive) Doolittle Raider David Thatcher joins Matt Jolley tonight at 6pm (EASTERN).  Mr. Thatcher’s contributions during the raid were made famous by the book and movie 30 Seconds over Tokyo. Tune in tonight for his story!

We’ll also be continuing our efforts to raise money for the upcoming Doolittle Raiders Reunion and B-25 fly-over.  If you’re able to give please call in tonight or send an email to the contact information below.  Our sincere thanks for all the help!

QUICK LINK:  Doolittle Raiders Scholarship Fund

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE: warbirdradio

EMAIL: matt@warbirdradio.com

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