“Target Tokyo” author to speak at Darlington Library

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Discover how 80 men, 16 planes, and 1 raid changed the course of World War II with “Target Tokyo” author James M. Scott at the Darlington Branch Library on July 16th at 6:30 p.m.

In the dark days of World War II following the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and its seemingly unstoppable conquest across of Pacific Ocean nations, Lt. Col. James Doolittle led 16 B-25 bombers on a daring one way mission to strike at the heart of its growing empire, Tokyo. Among Doolittle’s Raiders on that April 17, 1942 was Darlington County’s own Lt. William “Billy” Farrow.

“Target Tokyo” author James M. Scott will talk about the Raid and Farrow’s fate after he and his crew bailed out over Japanese-held China territory when their plane ran out of fuel and were captured the day after the raid. This one audacious raid, like no other during the war, electrified American morale and set in motion a series of decisions and events that destroyed the Empire of Japan.

James M. Scott is an award-winning writer, former reporter, and investigative journalist with the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier. Scott is a recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association. Wofford College honored Scott as its 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year.From 2006-2007, he was a Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard University. In addition to “Target Tokyo,” Scott is the author of “The Attack on the Liberty,” which won the prestigious 2010 Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Excellence in Naval Literature, and “The War Below,” both with Simon & Schuster.

Scott lives with his wife and two children in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He is at work on a fourth book on the February 1945 Battle for Manila.

For more information, call or visit the Library’s branches or visit our website at www.darlington-lib.org.The Darlington Branch is located at: 204 North Main Street; phone: 843-398-4940.

Author: Jana Pye

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