In April 1942, four months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II, 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers took off from the USS Hornet headed for Japan. Retired Major Griffin was a navigator on B-25 No. 9 during the raid. The courage and determination illustrated by him and his fellow raiders will forever be remembered. In 2009, he was a recipient of AFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes not a single achievement, but a lifetime of work in the advancement of aerospace. Our deepest sympathy is with his family and friends. His service to our country should be an example for all of us.
|Joseph Sutter presents retired Maj. Thomas Griffin and retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole the |
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Air Force Anniversary Dinner, Sept 16, 2009.