Missoula’s David Thatcher, one of the last two airmen from the Doolittle Raiders of World War II, died early Wednesday in a Missoula hospital.
Thatcher, 94, passed away from complications of a massive stroke he suffered on Sunday, according to his son Jeff.
Thatcher’s death leaves Dick Cole of Comfort, Texas, as the lone survivor of the 80 Doolittle Raiders who flew a daring bombing over Japan on April 18, 1942 – months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Cole was Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot on the raid. He turned 100 last September.