Dayton native now the only living Doolittle Raider from WWII

Published: Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 4:18 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 4:18 PM

Doolittle Raider David Hatcher has died leaving Dayton native Lt. Richard E. Cole as the surving member.

Doolittle Raiders David J. Thatcher and Richard E. Cole last stood together in Dayton as two World War II brothers-in-arms to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Today, one Raider survives.

Thatcher died at age 94 Wednesday in Montana, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day, the Missoulian reported.

» APRIL 2015: WWII Doolittle Raiders get Congressional Gold Medal

At 100 years old, Cole, a Dayton native who lives in Comfort, Texas, is the last survivor of the fabled 80 Army Air Force airmen who lifted the morale of a nation at war. They launched 16 B-25 bombers off the USS Hornet on a daring raid April 18, 1942 in the first U.S. strike against the Japanese homeland since a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier.

“He’s right now probably going through the worst time in his life because he’s lost one of his best friends, but now he stands alone as the last Doolittle Raider left,” Tom Casey, the Raiders’ long-time business manager, said Thursday.

Cole, a retired lieutenant colonel, was the co-pilot in the first plane off the carrier deck with legendary airman Jimmy Doolittle in the pilot’s seat on their way to bomb a factory in Tokyo. Cole was last in Dayton in April for the Air Force museum premiere of a documentary about his life, “Dick Cole — One Hundred Years a Hero.” He will be 101-years-old in September.

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In a decades-old tradition, Casey said Cole was expected to travel to the museum on the 75th anniversary of the raid next April to turn over one of two 80 silver goblets still standing upright in the Doolittle Raiders exhibit. When a Raider dies, historical precedent calls for the one of the goblets to be turned upside down. This time, the transition will honor Thatcher.

“I think his passing means that our republic has lost another national treasure,” said Jeff Underwood, Air Force museum historian.

Funeral services were set next Monday in Missoula, Montana for Thatcher, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service after his time in uniform in World War II. Two bombers, a B-1 Lancer and a B-25 Mitchell, were to fly over ceremonies honoring the former tail gunner-engineer, Casey said.

» PHOTOS: Doolittle Raider 70th anniversary celebration

Thatcher, a former staff sergeant, was recognized with the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross during the war. He helped save the lives of his B-25 “Ruptured Duck” crew after the plane dropped bombs on industrial targets in Tokyo and crash landed off the Chinese coast when the plane ran out of fuel.

“He was able to not only survive the crash but gather his crew on the beach and protect them because they were all busted up so badly,” Casey said. The Chinese helped the crew evade the Japanese and return to the war.

Thatcher flew combat missions in the B-26 Maurauder in northern Africa and Europe after the famous first raid on Japan. “Some of those stories he used to tell raised the hair on my neck,” Casey said.

» PHOTOS: A tribute to the Doolittle Raiders

“Dave’s a hero and he doesn’t think of himself being a hero,” said Brian J. Anderson, 64, of Salem, N.H., a Doolittle Raiders Association member who lobbied federal lawmakers for years to get the Raiders the Congressional Gold Medal. “When you get to know Dave and talk to him he was just an average guy who worked for the post office. He was a just a nice, kind, gentle man.”

Casey, 80, of Sarasota, Fla., said Thatcher was a quiet man in years past when they first traveled together to public appearances across the country, but later he “became probably the best story teller of all the Raiders.”

Cole and Thatcher and other Raiders who have since died traveled to the Air Force museum several times for reunions and special events. In the most recent gatherings that attracted national attention, they attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the raid with a fleet of B-25s flying over in April 2012, the Doolittle Raiders Final Toast in November 2013 and presented the Congressional Gold Medal, now displayed the museum, in April 2015.

“When they were holding the medal, they understood, ‘Hey, this isn’t for us,” Underwood said, “it’s for all of us.”

REPORT: Standoff occurring in New Lebanon, Montgomery County

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:25 AM

We're hearing there is a standoff occurring in New Lebanon at a house on North Church Street. 

A caller tells us law enforcement officers from New Lebanon, Perry Twp., Jackson Twp. and now a SWAT team are on scene for a man who is holed up in a house. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: OSP pursuit ends in Dayton with arrest

The caller tells us that law enforcement officers, with rifles drawn, converged on the house just before midnight. 

A dispatcher confirms that there is a police investigation occurring on North Church Street. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

Stay with for breaking news. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Keowee Street at Third Street in Dayton, road is closed due to a police pursuit reported around 11:15 p.m. 
  • Gate 12A is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Detour information is available here.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.


  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.


  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Shots fired, 3 injured in crash on Germantown Street in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:11 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:24 PM

Germantown Street closed at Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton for police investigation

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.: Police are confirming that shots were fired but apparently no one was hit on Germantown Street at South Gettysburg Avenue, which is still closed. 

There is debris all over Germantown Street from the four vehicles involved in the crash. 

We’re hearing from Dayton fire/medic crews that three people injured in the vehicle crash have been taken to a hospital, all suffering non-life threatening injuries.


Germantown Street has been closed at South Gettysburg Avenue for a Dayton police investigation believed to involve shots fired and a collision that has left three vehicles heavily damaged. 

A second medic unit has been called to the scene. 

Dayton police are interviewing witnesses, some of whom tell us that shots were fired before the vehicle crash. 

We have a crew on scene. We will update this report as we get information. 

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1 jailed in raid on Dayton house that turns up fentanyl, carfentanil, handgun

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

RANGE Task force raided a home on Emerson this morning

UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.: A 23-year-old man remains in jail tonight on a felony drug charge, as well as a warrant, stemming from the early morning raid at a house on Emerson Avenue in Dayton. 

Javelle Ivy is in the Montgomery County Jail, booked on a charge of drug possession and the warrant accusing him of failing to appear in court. 

Javelle Ivy (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

According to the sheriff's office, the Emerson Avenue raid seized "a large quantity of fentanyl, carfentanil, marijuana and a handgun.”

The statement from the sheriff's office did not state whether Ivy lives at the Emerson Avenue address or whether the gun seized belongs to him. 

The task force executed the search warrant with the assistance of the Dayton Police Department SWAT team. The operation ended a month-long drug trafficking investigation, according to the sheriff's office. 

Ivy's initial court appearance on the drug charge is Thursday.

He has a Friday court date on the warrant, according to online jail record.

UPDATE @8:25 a.m.

One person was taken into custody in a R.A.N.G.E. Task Force raid in Dayton on Wednesday morning.

A woman detained at the scene was released, officers said.

A dog will also be removed from the property.

Our crew saw officers removing items from the house, but officers would not comment on the items.

TRENDING: Man shot in Harrison Twp. taken to hospital 


There is police activity in the 1900 block of Emerson Avenue in Dayton, per our crews.

TRENDING: Wrong-way crash on I-675; What we know about the victims

We’re working to learn the cause of police being in the area.

We’ll continue to update this page with more.