Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan in World War II during a daring 1942 mission, died of natural causes on January 28, 2015 in Sumner, Washington.
|"Mission Complete, the Journey Continues" a William S. Phillips|
fine art edition, countersigned by Lt. Col. Edward Saylor
Saylor was born on March 15, 1920, in Brusett, Montana. He enlisted December 7, 1939 at Fort George Wright, Washington and attended the Air Corps Training School, Chanute Field, Illinois. He served throughout World War II in enlisted status both stateside and overseas until March, 1945. Saylor served in the Air Force for 28 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among the 80 airmen who volunteered to fly the unprecedented mission that sent B-25 bombers from a carrier at sea to attack Tokyo on April 28, 1942, following Pearl Harbor.
Last year, the Raiders received the Congressional Gold Medal for heroism and valor. The three surviving Doolittle raiders are Lt. Col. Richard Cole, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher and Lt. Col. Robert Hite.
No funeral is planned. His wish was to be buried beside his wife and that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Lt. Col Saylor’s life and story was featured in a New York Times story from 2/1/14: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/raiding-japan-on-fumes-in-1942-and-surviving-to-tell-how-fliers-did-it.html?_r=0
The Greenwich Workshop is honored to have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Saylor many times as he generously countersigned fine art editions of artist William S. Phillips’ paintings of the Doolittle Raiders mission. An E-book about the Doolittle Raiders and featuring Phillips paintings can be viewed on our website here: