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The 75th Anniversary Of Heroic Doolittle Raiders Included A Few Special Guests

Official US Air Force Photograph

The Last Raider Proudly Celebrated His Squadron’s Heroics as Mid America Flight Museum Film Spotlights The Mission That Gave America Hope.

Earlier this year the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders attack on the Japanese home islands on April 18th 1942 drew twenty currently operational North American B-25 Mitchell medium bombers to the National Museum of the United States Air Force for photo opportunities and to visit with 101 year old Richard Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders. The Mid America Flight Museum produced a dandy of a video chronicling some of the flights to Dayton and photo opportunities en route and over the museum during the event. Radio calls are included and the visuals are nothing short of spectacular.

The video begins with a briefing for a photo flight featuring two B-25s, God and Country and Betty’s Dream. Some great in-flight footage including point of view (POV) shots of the cockpit and from cameras attached to various parts of God and Country’s anatomy. Really good stuff! It gets better- a photo opportunity shot in flight over the Air Force Museum includes four B-25s- God and Country, Betty’s Dream, Barbie III, and Panchito. Interspersed throughout the video are great looking still shots too. A walk around the museum itself is also included, featuring perhaps the most famous B-17of them all, Memphis Belle, undergoing restoration. There’s a flight in a Cessna O-2 with several unusual camera perspectives as well. Enjoy this feast for the eyes!

Photo Credit: Lee Ray / Texas Flying Legends

History Flight (Wilmington DE) B-25H 43-4106 Barbie III

Mid America Flight Museum (Mount Pleasant TX) B-25J 44-30823 God and Country

Texas Flying Legends (Houston TX) B-25J 45-8835 Betty’s Dream

Delaware Aviation Museum (Georgetown DE) B-25J 44-30734 Panchito

BONUS VIDEO: Enjoy this unusual POV video shot aboard the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing B-25J Miss Mitchell.

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.