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Thomas Griffin, 95, is among the five remaining men of the 79 who flew with then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle on his historic bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle (center) is surrounded by airmen at an advanced air base in Tunisia on Jan. 28, 1943. Below them, a B-25 Mitchell bomber takes off from the USS Hornet's flight deck for the bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Associated Press photos/Illustration by The Washington Times)

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Robert L. Hite, 92, is among the five remaining men of the 79 who flew with then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle on his historic bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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David Thatcher, 90, is among the five remaining men of the 79 who flew with then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle on his historic bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Edward Saylor, 92, is among the five remaining men of the 79 who flew with then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle on his historic bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Thomas Griffin, 95, is among the five remaining men of the 79 who flew with then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle on his historic bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Richard E. Cole, 96, is among the five remaining men of the 79 who flew with then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle on his historic bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Army Air Corps Maj. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle fastens a medal on the tail of a 500-pound bomb that his raiders dropped on Tokyo on April 18, 1942. Eighty men in 16 planes surprised the Japanese and shattered their sense of being impregnable. (Associated Press)