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Lt. Bill Farrow: Doolittle Raider Hardcover – November 30, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; First Edition edition (November 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589804228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589804227
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Nemetz on May 15, 2009
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I am a fan of the Doolittle Raiders and read whatever I can. This book was good in the sense of taking you through Farrow's life. But there were a lot of factual errors in the book, most relatively minor.
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