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Lt. Bill Farrow: Doolittle Raider [Hardcover]

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Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN  1589804228  
EAN  9781589804227  

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Piloting the Bat Out of Hell, Lt. Bill Farrow volunteered for the dangerous American secret mission designed to boost morale during the darkest days of World War II. Dubbed Doolittle Raiders after Gen. James H. Doolittle, the commander of the Tokyo raid, Farrow's crew set out to bring the war to the Japanese homeland by bombing a military target in Nagoya, Japan. Once the Mitsubishi aircraft factory was destroyed, their haven was to be Chuchow Air Field, fifteen hundred miles away in China. They never made it. Running out of fuel, Farrow had to bail out over Japan. Farrow was captured, tortured, and executed after a six-month imprisonment. Before his untimely and tragic death, Bill Farrow was thinking more about his bank account than patriotism. Stuck in a dead-end job earning ten cents an hour pumping gas, young Farrow found hope for a brighter future with the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC boys). At the University of South Carolina, his character and work ethic grabbed the attention of the Civil Aeronautics Authority in Washington. As one of three students chosen for flight training, Bill received his pilot's license, joined the Air Corps, and was earning a respectable salary by March 1940. Global tensions were rising, however, and finances took a back seat to Farrow's desire to serve God and country. In this biographical account of Farrow, Dr. John Chandler Griffin begins by introducing us to the people and events that framed his formative years. A solid Christian upbringing anchored Farrow, enabling him to aspire higher despite challenges and hard knocks. Lt. Bill Farrow was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and earned the admiration and respect of a grateful nation. This account pays homage to him and all others who sacrificed their lives during World War II.

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Executed Doolittle Raider  May 12, 2007
A good inciteful book with insights into one of the early heroes of WWII. Highly recommended reading for people to appreciate the sacrifices of our servicemen.
A Tribute to a Hero  Mar 8, 2007
The overall story of the Doolittle Raid on Japan in early 1942 is well known. It's been covered in many histories and in the famous book/movie '30 Seconds Over Tokyo.'

This is a new book that covers the raid with an emphasis on Bill Farrow, pilot of 'Bat out of Hell,' number sixteen, the last plane to take off from the Hornet. As is well known, the planes took off early and the additional distance meant that they couldn't complete the mission as planned due to fuel consumption. But they still went.

'Bat out of Hell' ran out of gas on the coast of China and the crew captured. Lt. Bill Farrow, Lt. Dean Hallmark, and Cpl. Harold Spatz were given a mock trial and executed by firing squad in an ancient cemetery in Shanghai.

This book is a tribute to Lt. Farrow as well as to the rest of the men on the raid. Not only did the raid do a great deal to cheer up American morale, it affected the war in that from then on the Japanese were aware that they did not live on an unapproachable island. From then on they kept substantial reserves of forces at home, making them unavailble for use in the actual fighting.

There is another book on Bill Farrow: 'Tall and Free as Meant by God' written by his aunt and available used once in a while.

Finally I find myself wondering if the Japanese people really realize what they did in World War II with incidents like the execution of Farrow/Hallmark/Spatz. The general view in Japan is that everything was going along peacefully until we started dropping atomic bombs on them.

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