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Old Apr 19, 2012, 06:17 AM
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Doolittle Raid - 70 Years Later


Surprised no one mentioned it yesterday but that was the 70th anniversary of the famed Doolittle raid in 1942. Only 4 months after Pearl Harbor and a string of setbacks in the Pacific, sixteen volunteer crews flew their Mitchell B-25s off the pitching deck of the USS Hornet and demonstrated to the Japanese their homeland was not immune from attack.

Althought little damage of substance was delivered, the raid caused the Imperial Japanese Command to divert assets for homeland defense and delivered a badly needed bit of good news to the American public.

Photo below of a diorama at the US Air Force Museum at Dayton, OH recreating the scene on the deck of the Hornet.

Five original members of the raid still survive today and deserve a heartfelt thanks from a grateful nation.

Old Apr 19, 2012, 08:16 AM
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They are holding a three day event in Dayton this week.

Surviving 'Doolittle Raiders' recount wartime bombing of Japan

Yesterday 22 B-25's took part in a flyover at the Airforce Museum. I was there in 2010 for the flyover and it was inspiring.

22 B-25 Mitchell bombers plan to take part in tribute to Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

Doolittle Reunion 2012 fly-over (1 min 43 sec)


70th Doolittle Raider Reunion Lineup - WarbirdRadio.com (0 min 58 sec)
Old Apr 19, 2012, 08:33 AM
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Five original members of the raid still survive today and deserve a heartfelt thanks from a grateful nation.

Good post....these men have all my respect & prayers for their courage in our nations' time of need.
Old Apr 19, 2012, 09:43 AM
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It sucks I was busy the last couple of days. I really wanted to go see the planes. It is pretty cool to see a bunch of WWII planes flying around. My wife called me to let me know she was watching bombers flying around yesterday at her work.
Old Apr 21, 2012, 01:48 PM
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"We Remember"


If anyone is interested..an interesting series of military aircraft with Dolittles' Raider segments.


We Remember (6 min 21 sec)
Old Apr 21, 2012, 08:08 PM
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I don't recall ever seeing anything on the Japanese mental response to the the Doolittle Raid. I think there was mention of them pulling defenses back to the homeland. But, did it change their vision of, or understanding of, Americans? Did they ask the question, "What sort of people would do such at thing?" I also wonder what the Germans thought about it.
Old Apr 21, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Two 25's stopped at Walnutridge ,Ar airport for refueling. 45 min drive south of me. I was in the shop when I heard a rumble and got outside to see them go over. Pretty low, easy to see.
Old Apr 22, 2012, 07:57 AM
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Thursday early afternoon my father and I heard and then saw one flying east while in his yard in eastern Ohio. We both stopped what we were doing and said thanks to those that have served.
Old Apr 22, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Wow... 22 B-25's. Wish I could have been there. What a sight.
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Good post ! Thanks !
Can't let events like this just fade away and be forgot.
Old Apr 22, 2012, 09:45 AM
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Wow... 22 B-25's. Wish I could have been there. What a sight.

Wish I'd had known about this earlier, I could've gone and seen it. At the very least I could've posted some videos of it on YouTube that didn't look like they were taken by a 10 year old with Parkinsons.

I saw Panchito twice before, one at the Reading WW-II weekend show, and one at the Pittsburgh Airshow. Reading had THREE B-17 bombers the first year I went, that was pretty cool.

The whold dang movie is on YouTube.....


Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Part 1 (10 min 1 sec)
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Old Apr 22, 2012, 11:23 AM
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Reading had THREE B-17 bombers the first year I went, that was pretty cool.
I was still living in WA state when Boeing had a 50th anniversary event for the B-17. They had four of them come in (there are only 10 left in flyable condition after the loss of Liberty Bell last summer).

I'll never forget seeing/hearing 12 Wright R-1820s firing up and rumbling as they taxied out and took off.

Interstate 5 overlooks Boeing Field from a bluff and the Washington State Patrol warned motorists it was illegal to stop on the shoulder of the freeway except for emergency. I guess several hundred people decided to have emergencies that day as they pulled over to watch a unique event.

Our CL club lost a member a few years ago who assembled the control yoke on the B-17 during WWII.
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I got the opportunity to actually pilot one of the B-25s participating this week. It was 23 years ago and the plane was The Guardian Of Freedom. At the time it was owned by a retired Air force Colonel, Glenn Lamont. He was based in Detroit but he had friends in Akron and during one his visits to Akron Fulton Airport, I managed to get a chance to fly. When I showed up at the airport little did I know that I would be the co-pilot for that flight. It was a memory of a lifetime to be able to have my hands on the controls of that beautiful twin engine bomber.
Old Apr 22, 2012, 10:45 PM
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In 1963, I rode in a B-25, converted to transport tropical fish, From Miami to Peru and back.


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