America has participated in the bombing of Tokyo action veterans: China gave me life
Dayton, USA held in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle bombing of Tokyo, the reporter Watch the scene
U.S. veterans: the Chinese people gave me life
‘s bombing of Tokyo’s veterans only alive, reporter an exclusive interview on the 7th machine veteran David – Sergeant Thatcher
The newspaper correspondent Wang Xi Yu, text/photo from the bottom of Dayton, USA
a bottle of 1896 cognac; 80 glass, 75 inversion, only five remained the cup facing up. Americans in their own way to commemorate Doolittle action: 1896 Doolittle’s birth year, 80 wine that took part in 80 bombing of Tokyo, the U.S. Air Force pilot, and the remaining 5 cups this year, only 5 survived .
Beijing April 18, at 9:00, the Doolittle bombing of Tokyo 70th anniversary commemoration, held at the U.S. Air Force National Museum in Dayton, Ohio, USA. From Quzhou, Zhejiang Province, Liao Ming hair and the Shaoxing He Shaoying two old people to be in the United States invited as Fangjia Bin attended the event. Meanwhile, the five surviving veterans day, four came to the scene.
a news conference in the afternoon local time, rescue their Chinese family meet in the old veterans, and these then, excited, the veterans took Liao Ming and He Shaoying the hand, with trembling The voice said, thank you.
Doolittle action is the United States on April 18, 1942 to the Japanese air raid of Tokyo tasks, plotted as a retaliation for the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor by Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle. Action, although not a great loss to Japan, but it greatly boosted U.S. morale and become a legend in World War II.
the action of B-25 bomber Parody Doolittle
Doolittle action commemoration in the United States Dayton local almost annual festival, people came to the Air Force National Museum is located here, recalling the history of the towering.
local time at 9:00 on the 18th, the parties to attend the 70th anniversary of Doolittle has come to the Air Force Museum.
reporter saw at the museum on the first floor, was that history books, pictorial as well as a variety of souvenirs, many U.S. veterans get together to chat.
Since then, reporters and a delegation from Zhejiang together to watch the museum cinema is playing the movie “Tokyo over 30 seconds. The film is adapted from the memoirs of the Unit 7 pilot, a member of the crew landed in the waters near the Zhejiang Sanmen, China’s military and civilian rescue.
airport in the Air Force Museum, six B-25 bomber after another take-off in 13:00, the fighter composition of the formation to imitate action of the year, Dolittle, slowly passing the museum over the The huge roar was deafening.
about 14 o’clock, on the lawn in the the Doolittle action monument, commemoration officially began. Was the bombing of Tokyo, Unit 1 co-pilot Richard Cole said in his speech this time of year, let him think of former comrades in arms, year after year, participated in the bombing of Tokyo’s comrades have gone, but this Let him feel even more strongly alive, he need to go on the story has been dead comrades.
He also mentioned in particular, I am grateful that helped the Chinese people was able to attend the commemoration of the year to help, he has to feel the warmth.
U.S. veterans: Thank you
15:00, the day of the press conference, the four surviving veterans of the scene and took the Chinese guests from Zhejiang several “guests”, accept a lot of media interviews.
the He Shaoying from Shaoxing, Zhejiang, its father is the main Renhe Yang Ling of the Administrative Office of western Zhejiang. Then made a forced landing, Doolittle is located on the 1st machine in the Tianmu Mountain area, then belonging to the jurisdiction of the Ho Yang Ling. Upon receipt of the report under the Ho Yang Ling quickly organized rescue and members of the Unit sent to Quzhou Airport, Doolittle is from there fly to Chongqing.
day, He Shaoying with Doolittle landed objectives in mind, “the English, sent to the scene of old veterans. On the 1st machine veteran Cole said emotionally, he had a lot of things forgotten, but still clearly remember when the Chinese people to give them a lot of eggs, shoes and bamboo shoots.
He also specifically mentioned Doolittle rescued had to save his officer said, the fate of Japan, as they worship the same cherry, easy to open, but also easy to thank. In fact, the Doolittle bombing caused a chain reaction: the Japanese government and vibration; 4 Air and Army Corps transferred back from Southeast Asia back to the local defense; Hai-Jun Gu senior officials of clouds in the south against and set the plan of the Battle of Midway … all of which Japan began to move toward the ultimate defeat.
learned that the father had put on the 3rd machine pilot Ozark Quzhou elderly Liao Ming, was the No. 15 machine mechanic and bombardier Edward Chancellor very agitated, he took Liao Ming-fat elderly hand with that, thank you.
U.S. “Doolittle bombing Association Webmaster Todd Joyce that Liao Ming fat old man is still preserved in the Ozark gave to his father to do the 1 cent coin to commemorate the He immediately gave the medal of the Liao Ming issued a 70th anniversary activities. He said he hoped the friendship between the Chinese and American people timeless.the Quzhou public Zheng Weiyong
be invited to come, but also specifically to bring the debris after the B-25 bomber crashed in a year. From the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Baqilieer professor looked While this debris again and again with emotion, he said, she wanted to go to Zhejiang and visited the Chinese people about when rescue pilot. “Because of their selfless help and friendship when I moved and shocked.”
surviving veterans David – Thatcher sergeant:
forced to land after I almost despair, the Chinese people gave me life
In the afternoon press conference, the reporter interviewed the Unit 7 veterans David Thatcher disabilities.
the 90-year-old veteran is still hale and hearty, he slowly and clearly answered a reporter’s question.
Reporter: Do you remember when the bombing of Tokyo, some of the details?Sergeant
Thatcher: I remember to, we planned to fly to the port area bombing, where the Japanese military preparedness is relatively tight, continuous gunfire. We bombed the port area of ??the plant, then fly to the Chinese direction.
Reporter: At that time the bombers, why would a forced landing in the sea?sergeant in
Thatcher: damn the weather! It was too dark, still raining, simply do not know. We do not have oil, the engine went out, we landed in the sea. Aircraft down in accordance with his position, from low to start you jump, I was hurt, Lawson legs later.
Reporter: Do you how the Chinese military and civilian rescue under?sergeant
Thatcher,: we climbed out of the water shore, and soon local fishermen, then again a few guerrillas, they use the sedan chair carried to the town. Where she met Chan, a Chinese doctor (Reporters Note: Dr Chen, who is cautious), Lawson leg heavy, Chen will be sent to the sea. That Li Laosen do the surgery, the leg amputated. We stayed in the hospital for some time, and Chen find someone to do a western for us to eat, people sent many of us a lot of things, they very well for us.
Reporter: You participate in this commemoration, what feelings?Sergeant
Thatcher: I will never forget the Chinese friends on our selfless help. I then fell on the sea almost desperate, Hastening to my life.
Newspaper correspondent Wang Xi Yu