B-25 bombers fill the sky to honor Doolittle Raiders


Thank you to my friend Bill for bringing this story to my attention.

A fleet of rumbling B-25 bombers filled the sky in formation above the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wednesday, while four surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders remembered a mission 70 years ago to the day that changed the course of World War II.

Eighty men flew in 16 Army Air Force bombers off the pitching flight deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942, to attack Japan in the first U.S. military strike since the attack on Pearl Harbor.

via B-25 bombers fill the sky to honor Doolittle Raiders.

Twenty of ‘em in the sky, the most since WW2. More pics at the link.

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6 responses to “B-25 bombers fill the sky to honor Doolittle Raiders

  1. LT Rusty

    Hoo-mother-f***ing-ah!

    That must have been a beautiful thing to see. I’m getting chills sitting here just thinking about it.

  2. scottthebadger

    I wonder if any of those B-25s were really PBJs?

  3. Mark Dunlap SFC Rigger (Ret).

    Caught a few “Confederate” Air Force (now “Commemorative”) shows in Harlingen, TX and usually saw at least 10 Mitchell’s flying together. Took my breath away then. Can’t imagine what the sight was over Wright-Pat!! Regards

  4. shipfitter

    My three favorite airplanes from WW2 were the Mossie, the Mustang and the B-25. The Mitchell just looked like a fast, lean mean killing machine, just a beautiful aircraft.