"Doolittle Raider" Ed Saylor Endorses the Petition Mar 30. 2011 | Comments (1088)
"Doolittle Raider" Edward Saylor, the Engineer/Gunner of Crew 15 of the "Doolittle Raiders" signed the petition as signature #7601.
Mr. Saylor was a Sergeant at the time of the raid in 1942, and continued to serve in the USAF after the war obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. There were 80 men who participated in the raid, and Mr. Saylor at age 90 is one of only five living "Doolittle Raiders."
The raid was conducted in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor, as Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-24's over Tokyo. The raid was made into a very famous WWII movie, "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."
Of the 16 aircraft involved, all were lost, some having crashed into the sea, some in mainland China, and one in Russia. Three crew members were killed during the raid, and several captured. Of the captured three were executed by the Japanese while being held as POW's.
The raid set off the largest manhunt in the history of Japan and some 250,000 Chinese civilians were executed in retaliation by Japanese troops.
For more info on the raid, the aircraft, the participants, etc, please use this link:
Ed Saylor is a recipient of the "Dsitinguished Flying Cross" and multiple Chinese Medals for his service on the raid. I am pleased with the endorsement of this Raider who left his mark in history almost 70 years ago as a member of the Doolittle Raid.