Lt. Bill Farrow: Doolittle Raider

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This is a gripping account of the American secret mission designed to boost morale during the darkest days of World War II and the valiant American who helped make it possible. William G. Farrow, a twenty-four-year-old South Carolina pilot, was no different than most patriotic young men of his time: he was fighting to keep America free, regardless of personal risk. His voluntary role in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was to bomb the Mitsubishi aircraft factory, but Farrow was captured when his plane ran out of gas ...

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Overview

This is a gripping account of the American secret mission designed to boost morale during the darkest days of World War II and the valiant American who helped make it possible. William G. Farrow, a twenty-four-year-old South Carolina pilot, was no different than most patriotic young men of his time: he was fighting to keep America free, regardless of personal risk. His voluntary role in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was to bomb the Mitsubishi aircraft factory, but Farrow was captured when his plane ran out of gas and went down. He was executed six months later in a Shanghai cemetery. In the final hours leading to the Doolittle Raider's execution at the hands of the Japanese on October 15, 1942, Lt. Bill Farrow prepared to die the way he lived, as a witness to God and His will. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his role in this raid. Dr. John Chandler Griffin acquaints us with the influential people who had a hand in shaping his lofty values and the events that led to his enlistment and final mission.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804227
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,440,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, Dr. John Chandler Griffin has published fourteen books. In 2000, Gov. Jim Hodges named him to the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state's highest award. His most recent book, Abraham Lincoln's Execution, was published by Pelican.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Preface     13
Acknowledgments     15
Introduction     19
Events Are Set in Motion     25
The University Beckons     47
Air Corps Cadet to Air Corps Pilot     61
Training for Doolittle's Raid     75
The Long Trip to Japan     93
A Night Flight to China     129
A Prisoner of the Kempei Tai     165
Death in a Foreign Land     201
Epilogue     233
Update     249
An Intriguing Mystery     261
Index     263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    What COULD have been.....

    I have heard the story of how Bill Farrow died at the hands of the Japanese all my life. My mother grew up on the street his grandparents lived on in Darlington and she knew him. All my life I wanted to know more about him and when I saw this book, I was excited. Of the many that know of Doolittle's Raid in 1942 few know the story of the 8 captured or the three who were executed. Although I quickly grew tired of being told how Bill died, where and even when, I was hanging on to every word until Chapter 5. The letters and memories of surviving friends and family were just what I wanted to know about. Then there were a couple of things, military things, that were wrong. If the writer was wrong there, where else was he wrong and I just didn't know better. Credibility was gone! Bill Farrow's story deserves telling and hopefully Mr. Griffin has done that, at least in some good measure. But I fear not and that is sad, very sad. If you're curious, go to the library and check it out, it deserves that. But don't waste your $ like I did.

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