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A Piece of History Lost — Ed Saylor, Doolittle Raider who did the impossible, passes away

3 February 2015

A Piece of History Lost — Ed Saylor, Doolittle  Raider who did the impossible, passes away

Ed Saylor passed away at 94 on 28 January 2015 near Seattle.

 

Symbol of the Doolittle Raiders — Gene Fioretti photo

Symbol of the Doolittle Raiders — Gene Fioretti photo

Edward J. Saylor and his rare exploit have been written of in this blog. He was the engineer/gunner on “TNT” which was in the 15th slot for taking off aboard the USS Hornet on her way to launch the now famous Doolittle Raid during the USA’s early and desperate days of World War II. Famous now, but at the time considered by most of the flight crews on the mission a one way trip. What Ed Saylor did was nothing less than extraordinary by performing heavy engine maintenance on a rolling flight deck — maintenance performed in hangars normally. It was Ed who kept TNT in the mission instead of being pitched over the Hornet’s side. His exploit is written about in the post, Doolittle Raider Ed Saylor — Plane No. 15 (TNT) would have been pushed over the side except for him

Ed Saylor signing memorabilia Gene Fioretti photo

Ed Saylor signing memorabilia — Gene Fioretti photo

We are fortunate that Gene Fioretti has recorded this achievement otherwise this incredible story might have been lost. He has kindly provided his written work, retaining the copyright, for us to read about Ed Saylor’s journey leading to his flying on the Doolittle raid and after. It is quite a story! The entire story can be read here 9CCC VOL.9, 2.0 THE DOOLITTLE RAID FINAL VERSION (1.2Mb file size PDF) — thanks to Gene Fioretti at gino.fioretti@comcast.com.

Ed Saylor during World War II — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor during World War II — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

 

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