Skip to comments.A tribute to the Doolittle Raiders
Posted on 04/18/2013 8:30:41 PM PDT by RC one
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- The 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will pay tribute by flying American flags during B-1B Lancer missions on the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, April 18.
Pearl Harbor was only the first of many bold moves that made Japan seem nearly invincible in the early months of World War II. For a time, it was as if America and her allies were resigned to watch Japan devour chunks of Asia and the Pacific. In this grim environment, the Navy hatched a daring plan to strike back: If carriers could not get close enough to Japan for fighter aircraft, and even the heaviest of Army bombers were out of range, why not launch smaller medium bombers from the decks of carriers?
When the U.S Army ran their air forces.
When the U.S Army ran their air forces.
GO ARMY AIR CORPS!
And yes, I argue for rolling AF back under Sec Army. As a former zoomie.
Then we left home. And look how we’ve done for ourselves since then? ;)
yep. My grandfather was in the US Army Air corps-he loaded bombs on ships in the south pacific. According to him, he transported both A-bombs.
Me too. I was very disappointed when I got my uniform issue at basic in April 1960. Current USAF BDU are cool. If we’d had unis like that, I’d probably still be in.
There is no way I would ever have tried to fly an army bomber off an aircraft carrier but seeing old film of the planes launching it appears that some of them simply lifted in the air.
Apparently the wind combined with the carrier’s speed was almost enough to make them fly.
I think they haven’t done much have they?
I know that when they were Army they fought their tails off, today it is mints on the pillows, and politics and wasteful budgets.
Apparently, I'm not supposed to point and yell "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT... KILL IT WITH FIRE!".
I'm not so good with the new uniforms. A pickle suit works for me.
Do NOT forget my swivel chair and coffee cup.
And they may have had Helping Hand.
God only knows why He loves pilots, but He seems to. I know I don't really like most of 'em.
I've heard there are no fighter pilots down in hell.
I was honored to see whats left of the Doolittle Raiders fly overhead yesterday.
The sound coming from the 4 B-25’s flying over was an incredible throwback in tiime. Having lived around Naval and Air Force bases and the sound of freedom coming from modern jets, their predecessors sound was just as awesome.
BTW, If you can get to Destin, Fl by Saturday they are giving rides in thiose B-25’s for $425
Thanks for posting and well said. I never thought I would live to see us fighting a domestic enemy President. . but here we are. .
Fight for Freedom. . We are all Oathkeepers now. .
He had this picture hanging up in his home of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater pinning his fourth star that same year.
Good for you! Very cool, indeed.
Could give us bit of conversation, between, you and General Doolittle? What was memorable?
What was great was that myself and one other soldier had him all to ourselves for the entire hour.
What we asked him about I’m sure he’d been asked about a thousand times before - the Doolittle Raid.
He just smiled and told the story liked he’d never been asked. I don’t really remember if he gave us any information nuggets that hadn’t already been published but just hearing it first hand had me awestruck. Frankly I was in awe just from being in the same room with him.
After talking to him he gave us a tour of his house. He lived in a very modest home in Carmel and was most proud of that photo of getting his fourth star.
The sad part of the whole thing was that I recorded our chat on a cassette. Of course now I have no idea where it is.
What an honor! Gen. Dolittle was a truly great man. Thank you, VeniVidiVici.
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