Culture
12:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

John Griffin remembers his father, Doolittle Raider Tom Griffin

On April 18th, 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle took off from the deck of the USS Hornet into a dawn sky.  It was just four months after Pearl Harbor, and the planes were headed west for the first U.S. raid on the Japanese home islands.  Lieutenant Tom Griffin was on board one of those bombers, the Whirling Dervish.  Griffin came through the raid, and returned to action during the Allied invasion of Sicily.  He was shot down in July of 1943 and spent the rest of the war in a German POW camp. After his release, Tom returned home to Cincinnati, Ohio, and had a family. One member of that family, Tom’s son, John Griffin is a long-time host and volunteer here at WKMS.  He’s currently co-hosting Juke Joint Shuffle, and he took a few minutes to speak with Todd Hatton about his remarkable father.

An interview with long-time WKMS volunteer host John Griffin, son of Major Thomas Griffin