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Awesome. I saw one, parked and flying, at an air show recently. The incredible things brave men did in these little (nowadays) planes are hard to believe.
We have a working Mitchell 3, a B-25 Model J.
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When it goes over our house all the windows shake, what a rush.
You're right, JM, and a lot that was there when we were in school has been taken out.
I read a few years ago that there is a new American History book in which George Washington is mentioned three times, Thomas Jefferson only once, but the black communist leaders of the early 20th century are featured over 40 times. (All numbers approximate, but you get my point.)
Back to the Doolittle raid. Each bomber could only carry four 500 pound bombs because of all the fuel for the long flight. Three were high explosive bombs, and one in each plane was a cluster of incendiaries (fire bombs). So it's not like we knocked out Japan's war industry (all targets were military and strategic manufacturing) but we sure showed them that their home islands were not safe! Especially since the Pearl Harbor attack was supposed to have neutralized American sea power in the Pacific. Well, Jimmy Doolittle, my uncle Buzz Manske and 78 other guys showed them the failure of that plan.
Thanks Patsquire, we all need to hear about these events more often. They can get lost as not all the info gets into history books.
B-25 Mitchell Marauder. America's workhorse medium bomber of WWII.
These were the sixteen planes that took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Pacific on April 18, 1942, just 132 days after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, "A date which will live in infamy." They made Jimmy Doolittle's raid on the home islands of Japan. The raid caught the Japanese High Command completely by surprise, damaged Japanese morale and boosted U.S. morale tremendously.
They were then to fly on into China (our ally) to land. Fifteen actually made it! One was low on fuel and landed near Vladivostok, Russia. Most of the 80 Raiders, five per plane, bailed out or ditched in the ocean off the China coast. 67 of them survived the raid. And 5 of those heroic Army Air Corps men are still alive today!!!
One of the Doolittle Raiders was my uncle, Sgt. Joseph W."Buzz" Manske, flight engineer and gunner. After he got back from China he went to OCS and became a career officer, serving in Korea and Vietnam and retiring as a Colonel. He was from Gowanda, NY.
All 16 bombers were lost. The Japanese retaliated against China by slaughtering over 250,000 civilians, even using germ warfare against them.