PIQUA — “Ever Into Peril: Celebrating the Heroes of the Doolittle Raid” will be the focus of a special program by the Piqua Rotary Club from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Edison State Community College The program is open to the public.
Program Chair Cheryl Stiefel Francis said advanced reservations are required by calling (937) 773-9012 by July 14. The cost of the program including lunch is $10, payable at the door. The closest parking and entrance is the North Hall lot at 1973 Edison Drive.
Raymond Robb will provide a historical overview of the daring 1942 American bombing raid on Japan led by Col. Jimmy Doolittle in retaliation for the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.
Robb grew up in Savannah, Ga., where he developed a passion for aviation at an early age. Living in the shadow of Hunter Army Airfield, he was accustomed to frequent overflights of military aircraft of all types, a contributing factor in his decision to join the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty, he served for six years in England, followed by three years on a special duty assignment in the Netherlands. He later relocated to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he supported numerous aeronautical acquisition programs as a contractor prior to becoming an Air Force civilian.
In this capacity, he currently works as a security specialist in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as part of Air Force Materiel Command.
Outside of work, he continues to be an avid aviation enthusiast, photographer and historian. Since October 2009, he has served as president of the Dayton Chapter of the American Helicopter Society. He is also a freelance writer and contributing editor for Vertiflite magazine, with a number of articles and photos appearing in publications read worldwide.