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"Doolittle Raider" Nielsen Dies at 90



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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) -- A member of the famed "Doolittle Raiders" who bombed Japan in 1942 is dead.

Lieutenant Colonel Chase J. Nielsen died Friday at his home of age-related causes.

He was 90.

The Brigham City resident was a navigator in one of the most daring air raids in American history.

In April 1942 sixteen B-25 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier and bombed Tokyo.

Nielsen and his crew ditched the plane, which was running out of fuel, off the coast of China. He spent more than three years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Nielsen was one of four P-O-Ws from the raid to survive. Four others died.

The raid, planned by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, was the subject of the book and movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and the book "Four Came Home."

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Allen Hall Mortuary in Logan, where Nielsen attended Utah State University and graduated in 1939. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

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On the Net: www.doolittleraider.com

Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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