April 18th marked the 74th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. It was the first raid conducted against Japan by USAAF B-25 bombers launched from the carrier USS Hornet. This one act has gone down in history not only for the bravery of the men but also the determination of the mission. Today there are only a couple members left of that historic mission.
In 2012 at the seventieth anniversary of the Doolittle raid reunion, 20 B-25 bombers took part in an historic flyover out of Grimes Field Urbana over Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. I’ve been to many events since then but this one is still one of my favorites. There’s nothing quite like seeing 20 B-25’s come taxiing towards you. The Texas Flying Legends Museum’s B-25 Bomber Betty’s Dream was the second plane off in the sequence that morning.
While the coordination in the sky wasn’t quite perfect it still was unbelievable to see that many planes fly overhead.
Then of course there were the veterans. Sadly in the four short years since this photo was taken many of these great men have already passed away. For me this is a constant reminder of not only the events in the past but also what we must do in the present so that these people are always remembered.