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U.S. Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. David Thatcher (fifth from left) with the crew  of the Ruptured Duck, one of 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers that launched off the deck of the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Hornet and headed to the coast of  Japan to wreak havoc on the Japanese empire April 18, 1942. After dropping its payload, the Ruptured Duck crashed into the China Sea. Thatcher helped save his other four crew members who were seriously hurt and protected them on a beach. (Photo provided courtesy of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders official website/Released).


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U.S. Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. David Thatcher (fifth from left) with the crew of the Ruptured Duck, one of 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers that launched off the deck of the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Hornet and headed to the coast of Japan to wreak havoc on the Japanese empire April 18, 1942. After dropping its payload, the Ruptured Duck crashed into the China Sea. Thatcher helped save his other four crew members who were seriously hurt and protected them on a beach. (Photo provided courtesy of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders official website/Released).

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