This next week is the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders, specifically the 18th of April. In 1942 Colonel Jimmy Doolittle lead 16 B-25 Mitchell Army bombers off of the carrier USS Hornet to attack the mainland of Japan. This was our response to the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941. The goal was not of strategic military importance but a moral boost for our troops as well as a hit to the Japanese moral. We succeeded. The men that went had to land in China, not all made it. Afterward Doolittle setup a private club for those crews that went on the raid. There was been a meeting of the men ever since. As of today only 5 of the original guys still survive. It is these men that we are celebrating this next week.
I personally cannot wait to get to Wright Patterson Airfield next week! The amount of planes and people hat should be attending along with the Veterans that will be there will make this event unbelievable. Once again history will be in the making. Check out more here.