From the Inside Flap
Daring and dangerous, the historic WWII Doolittle Raid was a bold military strike aimed at boosting morale during an American low point in the war. Bombing military targets in Japan came with enormous risk, but Lt. Bill Farrow's voluntary acceptance and participation in this mission was a direct reflection of his personal resolve and moral fiber. In this biographical account, Dr. John Chandler Griffin sets the stage for Farrow's military service, acquainting us with his turbulent early family life and the unwavering love of his mother and aunt. The events that led to the twenty-four-year-old South Carolina pilot's death by firing squad on October 15, 1942--his enlistment, his fateful voluntary role in the raid on Tokyo, and his capture and imprisonment--took on spiritual as well as patriotic meaning for Farrow, who was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Written with respect for Farrow's upbringing, personal courage, religious faith, and zest for life, Lt. Bill Farrow: Doolittle Raider is an inspiring story about the darkest of American times and an unassuming man who lived and died as a shining example of faith. (back flap) (author photo) 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. Abraham Lincoln's Execution is his most recent Pelican title.
From the Back Cover
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.