1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 27, 2020 12:14 PM by Sylvia Naylor

    Why were Farrow, Hallmark & Spatz executed as war criminals?


      Why were Doolittle Raiders Farrow, Hallmark, and Spatz selected out of all prisoners for execution as war criminals? Following the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, 18 Apr 1942, three of the men captured were executed as war criminals the following fall. Why were these three men singled out rather than the other prisoners? There must have been something the captures saw in them for revenge against the men or was it just a random selection?


        • Re: Why were Farrow, Hallmark & Spatz executed as war criminals?
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Northacker,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We search the National Archives Catalog for “Farrow, Hallmark, and Spatz.”  The search produced the following results


          We suggest looking into the series titled “Far East Name Index to the Series ‘Case Files, 1944-1949’” in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153).  Please note that these records are digitized and may be viewed in the National Archives Catalog. We searched this series for “Farrow.”  The results for this name start at image 203 and may be viewed here.  When using the cards as a reference for a case file, please make sure to include the case file number located in the right upper corner of the index card as well as the date included under the summary of the file. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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