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Old 04-18-17, 09:28 AM
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Today is 'Doolittle Raid' Day (4/18/1942)

Today is 'Doolittle Raid' Day (4/18/1942)

April 18th 1942, B-25 USAAC Bombers took to the air from the deck
of the USS Hornet in the Pacific Ocean on a mission to bomb various
targets in and around Tokyo, Japan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolit...ating_aircraft

This was only 5 months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and
brought a morale boost to the U.S.

If you are near Dayton, Ohio today; visit the U.S.A.F. Museum. Many
of the airworthy B-25's still in existence are flying in.

The USAF Museum's static B-25 display depicts the bomber on the
Hornet's flight deck.



Several movies were made with the raid as the theme.

1944: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ~ based on the book (same title)
1944: The Purple Heart
2015: Doolittle's Raiders: A Final Toast ~ documentary
... by Tim Gray / World War II Foundation, interviews surviving raid members.

2001: Pearl Harbor A portion of the film depicts the raid.

Some plastic model companies make kits of the Hornet and one company
makes a supplement of 16 B-25's for the ship model.

===

USAAC = United States Army Air Corps / The USAF did not officially form until 1947.

:>---

I got to fly a B-25 on a couple of occasions (it was converted to an executive
transport and belonged to the Timken company at the time). Engines were loud!

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Old 04-18-17, 09:40 AM
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Incredibly brave Americans. Some of the greatest of the greatest generation.

Unlike so many of us today who like to just talk the talk, they walked the walk.

May God bless them all.
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Old 04-18-17, 10:06 AM
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It takes some major stones to take off in a plane on a bombing run over a well defended area not knowing where you are going to eventually land the plane.
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Old 04-18-17, 10:43 AM
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70% casualties in the WWII air service? I think I have that right.
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Old 04-19-17, 01:20 AM
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few years ago they had some of them at the Urbana air field in SW ohio that we saw and they took off, flew to WPAFB on Veterans Day for what was going to be the last official reunion of the Dolittle Raiders as the few that were left were getting too frail to travel and meet. Was very cool and humbling to witness.
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Old 04-19-17, 12:30 PM
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Today is 'Doolittle Raid' Day (4/18/1942)

April 18th 1942, B-25 USAAC Bombers took to the air from the deck
of the USS Hornet in the Pacific Ocean on a mission to bomb various
targets in and around Tokyo, Japan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolit...ating_aircraft

This was only 5 months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and
brought a morale boost to the U.S.

If you are near Dayton, Ohio today; visit the U.S.A.F. Museum. Many
of the airworthy B-25's still in existence are flying in.

The USAF Museum's static B-25 display depicts the bomber on the
Hornet's flight deck.



Several movies were made with the raid as the theme.

1944: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ~ based on the book (same title)
1944: The Purple Heart
2015: Doolittle's Raiders: A Final Toast ~ documentary
... by Tim Gray / World War II Foundation, interviews surviving raid members.

2001: Pearl Harbor A portion of the film depicts the raid.

Some plastic model companies make kits of the Hornet and one company
makes a supplement of 16 B-25's for the ship model.

===

USAAC = United States Army Air Corps / The USAF did not officially form until 1947.

:>---

I got to fly a B-25 on a couple of occasions (it was converted to an executive
transport and belonged to the Timken company at the time). Engines were loud!
...This is a day few people remember anymore as it truly inspired our Nation.

I recently watched the Movie Purple Heart...and if it didn't fire up your patriotic feelings, nothing would. The ending with them all walking down the hall, still makes me tear up.

A giant thank you to the greatest generation that ever lived!!!

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Old 04-19-17, 05:57 PM
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A giant thank you to the greatest generation that ever lived!!!
Don't forget about the generation of 480 B.C. that saved Western Civilization from the Persians.

"Go tell the Spartans, passerby:
That here, by Spartan law, we lie."
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