CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1994 |
For Col. Jack Sims, this was the mission that mattered the most. As a surviving member of the Tokyo Raiders, Sims came from Naples, Fla., to the Van Nuys Airport for a memorial flight to honor the late Gen. J.H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, who led the daring 1942 bombing run on Tokyo that marked the first American victory against the Japanese in World War II. "There was a twinkle in his eye and you'd follow him to hell and back again," Sims, 75, said of Doolittle.
September 23, 1990 |
Everyone in the aeronautics community knew they had the right stuff, and now the city of Lancaster has made it official. Chuck Yeager, Jimmy Doolittle, A. Scott Crossfield, Tony LeVier and Pete Knight--pilots who achieved dizzying heights in the early days of flight testing--became the first Saturday to be honored in Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor. "They're sure a different breed of cat from the rest of us," said George Root, vice mayor of Lancaster.
April 16, 1992 |
Flying ace Jimmy Doolittle promised to throw "one hell of a party" if any of his men lived through a daring air raid on Tokyo, just months after the United States entered World War II. When the crews of 15 B-25 bombers gathered on the deck of the Hornet on April 18, 1942, the odds were strong that many of them would not survive the mission. But 73 of the 80 fliers did, and Lt. Col. Doolittle kept his promise in 1946.
July 6, 1989 |
President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the late comedian Lucille Ball and to four former public leaders today. The medal for meritorious contributions to the country was given posthumously to Ball and was presented personally to retired Gen. James H. Doolittle, former Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon, former Ambassador George F. Kennan and former Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me.).
December 1, 1987
E. Thayer Bigelow Jr., chief financial officer of Time Inc. since 1984, has been appointed president of American Television & Communications Corp. of Englewood, Colo. ATC, the country's second-largest owner and operator of cable television systems, is an 82%-owned subsidiary of Time Inc. The appointment is effective Feb. 1. Reporting to Bigelow will be Thomas W. Binning, executive vice president-chief financial officer and James H. Doolittle, executive vice president-chief operating officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2006
June 1, 1942: Brig. Gen. James H. Doolittle, who led a legendary bombing raid against Tokyo six weeks earlier, paid tribute to workers at the North American Aviation plant in Inglewood. Addressing 12,000 workers and a nationwide radio audience, Doolittle praised the crews and the B-25s -- built at the plant -- that took part in the mission. In closing, he told the workers, "Thanks for some swell airplanes," The Times reported. Not one of Doolittle's planes was lost to enemy fire.