Providing Pearl Harbor payback Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle led a squadron of sixteen bomber planes in a 4/18/42 attack on the Japanese mainland known as the “Doolittle Raid”. Presented are (21) cachets signed by members of this historic mission. Top ranking signature is J. H. Doolittle (“8-9”) signature strength in blue ballpoint pen on a “Douglas MacArthur” cachet postmarked “1/26/85”, just months before the U.S. Congress promoted Doolittle to the rank of full (four star) General. JSA basic cert/sticker for Doolittle, balance auction LOA from JSA. More on our website.
All of the offered cachets display in excellent condition. The Doolittle cachet measures 6-1/2 x 3-1/2”, all others measure 9-1/2 x 4”. The “Doolittle Raiders” totaled eighty mission volunteers whose act of heroism provided a tremendous morale boost to America. Averaging stately (“9-10”) signature strength the (20) included “Raiders” signers are: Sgt. R.C. Bourgeois, Lt. W. M. Bower, Lt. H.E. Crouch, Lt. Dean Davenport, Lt. T. C. Griffen, LT. N.A. Herndon, Lt. R.L. Hite, SSgt E.W. Horton, Jr., Lt. E.W. Holstrom, Cpl. B.M. Jordan, Lt. F.A. Kappeler, Lt. R.A. Knobloch, Lt. E.E. McElroy, Lt. C.J. Ozuk, Lt. H.A. Potter, Sgt. E.J. Saylor, Lt. H.A. Sessler, Lt. J.R. Stork, D.H. Stuckey and Sgt. D.J. Thatcher.