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1 of 2 remaining Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

  • FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo two members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, front left, and Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, right, pose for photos with Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson, rear left, Director National Museum of the United States Air Force, and Air Force Material Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, after the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was presented to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio. Thatcher, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Japan in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Montana. He was 94. (AP Photo/Gary Landers,File)

    FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo two members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, front left, and Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, right, pose for photos with Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson, rear left, Director National Museum of the United States Air Force, and Air Force Material Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, after the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was presented to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio. Thatcher, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Japan in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Montana. He was 94. (AP Photo/Gary Landers,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo two members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, front left, and Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, right, pose for photos with Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson, rear left, Director National Museum of the United States Air Force, and Air Force Material Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, after the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was presented to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio. Thatcher, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Japan in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Montana. He was 94. (AP Photo/Gary Landers,File)

    FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo two members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, front left, and Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, right, pose for photos with Lt. Gen. John "Jack" Hudson, rear left, Director National Museum of the United States Air Force, and Air Force Material Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, after the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was presented to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio. Thatcher, one of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Japan in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Montana. He was 94. (AP Photo/Gary Landers,File)  (The Associated Press)

One of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Japan during World War II in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Montana.

Retired Staff Sgt. David Jonathan Thatcher died Wednesday in a Missoula hospital. He was 94. His son Jeff told the Missoulian newspaper (http://bit.ly/28V8l2c) his father had a stroke Sunday.

Thatcher's death leaves Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole of Comfort, Texas, as the only living airman among 80 who took off from an aircraft carrier for a 16-plane bombing mission that targeted military and industrial sites in Japan on April 18, 1942.

Thatcher was engineer-gunner aboard the plane nicknamed "The Ruptured Duck," whose crew's crash-landing and evasion of Japanese troops in China was depicted in the movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."