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    75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

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    The B-25 Mitchell bomber Miss Mitchell lands on a runway next to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 17, 2017. The Miss Mitchell is one of the 11 World War II bombers taking part in the museum’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid when Army Air Corps bombers took off from an aircraft carrier to deliver the first strike of the war on the Japanese homeland. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez/Released)

    The B-25 Mitchell bomber Devil Dog lands on a runway next to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 17, 2017. The Devil Dog, out of Georgetown, Texas, is one of the 11 World War II bombers taking part in the museum’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid when Army Air Corps bombers took off from an aircraft carrier to deliver the first strike of the war on the Japanese homeland. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez/Released)

    The B-25 Mitchell bomber Betty’s Dream lands on a runway next to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 17, 2017. The Betty’s Dream, out of Houston, Texas, is one of the 11 World War II bombers taking part in the museum’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid when Army Air Corps bombers took off from an aircraft carrier to deliver the first strike of the war on the Japanese homeland. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez/Released)

    The B-25 Mitchell bomber Panchito lands on a runway next to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 17, 2017. The Panchito, out of Georgetown, Del., is one of 11 World War II bombers taking part in the museum's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, when Army Air Corps bombers took off from an aircraft carrier to deliver a retaliatory strike on the Japanese homeland during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

    Becky Thatcher, daughter of the late Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Hatten from 28th Maintenance Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Ruptured Duck dedicated crew chief, unveil the newest rendition of the Ruptured Duck artwork during a ceremony for the new Ruptured Duck artwork, Apr. 17, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The original artwork featured a cross-eyed duck, wearing a leather helmet, staring out over crossed crutches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth / Released)

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    Great stuff.

    I actually watched Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo this evening, which focused on the B-25 flown by Captain Ted Lawson and his crew, which was of course The Ruptured Duck.

    Great film, if you haven't already seen it.
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    I read on WIX that, of 17 examples that were to attend, a total of 11 Mitchells made it. What a sight that must have been!
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    A friend tipped me off to this tribute, also with Panchito:

    http://www.thestate.com/news/local/a...145064429.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by K5054NZ View Post
    I read on WIX that, of 17 examples that were to attend, a total of 11 Mitchells made it. What a sight that must have been!
    B-25 Mitchell bombers sit parked on the runway next to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 17, 2017. The 11 World War II-era aircraft landed at the museum to take part in its celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which 16 Army Air Corps bombers took off from the USS Hornet (CV 8) to deliver the first strike of the war on the Japanese homeland. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

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    Eleven Mitchells equates to a bit more than 1/5 of the airworthy population of the type.

    That would have been impressive to see.

    As a child, my best friends father was a former Doolittle Raider, so I've always been interested in the mission and the men who flew it.
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    Fantastic stuff!
    We here in the UK have an example of this CLASSIC Warbird preserved..........She's called 'Bedsheet Bomber'.

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    As an illustration of just how many Mitchells there are currently flight-worthy/active at this time, only including those which have actually flown within the last 1-3 years that I know of (they're working to try and get at least 16 Mitchells to Oshkosh this summer):

    1 Axis Nightmare
    2 Barbie III
    3 Betty's Dream
    4 Briefing Time
    5 Buster
    6 Champaign Gal
    7 Devil Dog
    8 Executive Sweet
    9 Georgie's Gal
    10 God and Country
    11 Grumpy
    12 Guardian of Freedom
    13 Heavenly Body
    14 Hot Gen
    15 In the Mood
    16 Killer B
    17 Lady Luck
    18 Maid in the Shade
    19 Miss Hap
    20 Miss Mitchell
    21 Old Glory
    22 Pacific Princess
    23 Panchito
    24 Paper Doll
    25 Photo Fanny
    26 Red Bull
    27 Russian To Get Ya
    28 Sarinah
    29 Semper Fi
    30 Show Me
    31 Special Delivery
    32 Super Rabbit
    33 Take-Off Time
    34 Tondelayo
    35 Wild Cargo
    36 Yankee Warrior
    37 Yellow Rose
    Last edited by JohnTerrell; 19th April 2017 at 15:23.

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    Wow, I never realised there was so many!
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    Here's to the 4 killed as prisoners by the Japanese, 3 of whom were executed... the other starved to death.

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    And to the thousands of Chinese killed by the Japanese in the aftermath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErrolC View Post
    And to the thousands of Chinese killed by the Japanese in the aftermath.
    A very strange post???

    What about the thousands of Chinese killed by the Japanese before the raid.
    Or the attack on Pearl Harbor which was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of December 7, 1941

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