TEXAS FILM PREMIERE ON SEPTEMBER 7!
DOOLITTLE’S RAIDERS: A FINAL TOAST
A documentary film by Producer/Director/Writer Tim Gray
“… a tribute to the men who were there and the few flyers who still remain of the original 80…”
PLUS a CELEBRATION of Dick Cole’s 100th birthday!
Lt. Col. Dick Cole (retired), co-pilot for “Jimmy” Doolittle and one of two surviving Doolittle Raiders.
C.V. Glines, author and official historian of the Doolittle Raiders, will lead a guided conversation following the film.
Founder and president of the American Veterans Center, the originator of the Doolittle documentary project.
Tim Gray, producer/writer/director of Doolittle’s Raiders: A Final Toast, will introduce the film.
Scott Murray, veteran NBC TV sports anchor and broadcast journalist, will emcee.
This story of the April 18, 1942 Doolittle Raid focuses on Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Jimmy Doolitte’s co-pilot on the mission, who is one of only two of the original Raiders who are still alive. 80 men went on the bombing run aboard 16 B-25 planes. Cole is turning 100 years on September 7, 2015.
The new documentary emphasizes the Doolittle crew as individuals – their courage and how their incredible (and at the time considered suicidal) mission in the early days of World War II impacted them for the rest of their lives. The film will include the pilots personal stories of that day and the days after their heroic flight. The Doolittle Raid changed an entire nation’s morale following Pearl Harbor and other early defeats of the United States at the hands of the Japanese in 1941-1942.
The bottle of 1896 Hennessy Cognac was uncorked in front of hundreds of people.
The surviving World War II veterans from one of history’s greatest military missions were about to raise their silver goblets one last time ending a decades long tradition.
It was time for the veterans to hold this final toast. They could wait no longer. Their numbers had dwindled to just a few.
Many of the names of the 80 flyers who took part in the April 18, 1942 raid on Japan may not be familiar to most, but collectively they will always be known in history as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
Long ago these American flyers, aboard 16 B-25 bombers, had accomplished a daring mission that changed the morale of an entire nation.
The aviators, led by famed commander Lt. Col. James Harold Doolittle, had taken the fight directly to the enemy for the first time in World War II and delivered payback for Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Doolittle’s Raiders: A Final Toast, the latest documentary film from Tim Gray Media and the non-profit World War II Foundation made its premiere at the Capitol in Washington, DC on May 18th as part of the 2015 GI Film Festival.
More About the Film
Premiere at GI Film Festival, Washington, DC
LT. COL. RICHARD E. COLE (retired), Co-Pilot of Crew No. 1 (Doolittle’s crew), was born in Dayton, Ohio, on 7 September 1915. After attending Ohio University, he enlisted as a Flying Cadet in November 1940 and was commissioned in July 1941. He was the co-pilot for Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle on Crew No. 1 for the Tokyo Raid, and afterward remained in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater until June 1943. He returned to the CBI to serve with the First Air Commandos from October 1943 until June 1944. After the war, he had assignments in Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma and California, and was an advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He retired in January 1967 and lives in Comfort, Texas.
COL. CARROLL V. GLINES (retired) is the author of 36 books and more than 750 magazine articles on aviation and military subjects. He has written three books about the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan and is co-author of General “Jimmy” Doolittle’s autobiography, I Could Never Be So Lucky Again. He is the Official Historian of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders and also serves as the Curator for the Doolittle Library at the University of Texas at Dallas.
TIM GRAY is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer.
Tim has produced and directed 15 documentary films to date on the personal stories of the World War II generation. All of Tim’s films air nationally on American Public Televison and also globally in such countries as China, Australia, France and England.
Tim’s film travels have taken him to: Guadalcanal, Corregidor, Bataan, Manila, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, the Russell Islands, Banika, Pearl Harbor, Normandy, France (eleven times), Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg (twice), Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany (twice).