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David J. Thatcher, Doolittle Raider
Engineer/Gunner on Airplane #7 – “The Ruptured Duck”
July 21, 1921 – June 21, 2016


David Thatcher, Engineer/Gunner on Plane #7

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It is with great sadness that the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation has learned of the passing of David Thatcher this morning.   Thoughts and prayers of a grateful nation should be with the Thatcher family as we prepare to lay a great American hero to rest. 

David was one of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, the Engineer Gunner for crew 7.  He was an incredibly kind and humble man who was awarded the Silver Star for saving his fellow crew members who were severely injured after ditching in the surf of coastal China the night of the Doolittle Raid.  David worked tirelessly with his fellow Raiders to promote their Doolittle Tokyo Raider Scholarship Fund.  He would have celebrated his 95th birthday next month.  

With each passing day there are fewer members of the greatest generation with us so we have the responsibility to step up and continue their legacies, to tell the story of the sacrifices made by the Raiders and all who served our country.  

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  • B-25 Ground School:
    August 19, 2016
    October 21, 2016

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    August 19-21, 2016
    October 21-23, 2016

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    August 19-21, 2016
    October 21-23, 2016

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