About the Show
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 since their numbers had dwindled to just a few. Many of the names of the 80 flyers who took part in the April 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 boosted 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 the war and delivered retribution for Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.