Yes, I have not been blogging. My brother-in-law and his wife were in for the weekend and we were off seeing things and people.
Today, in the EMail, I received this link to a five and a half minute video of this years reunion of the Doolittle Raiders. This video is about the still surviving B-25's that gathered as part of the event.
Only eight of Doolittle's raiders are still alive. Last month, four of them—retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, 94; Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, 92; Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, 90; and Master Sgt. David J. Thatcher, 88—traveled to Wright-Patterson AFB, in Ohio, to mark the 68th anniversary of the raid. So did 17 still-flying B-25 Mitchell bombers. Those bombers sounded very cool.
I was looking at the video to see if I could see my daughter's house or my granddaughter's but they were just outside the view of the camera in the B-25 PACIFIC PRINCESS.
The raid was more than a stunt. It boosted morale back in the US and it caught the attention of the Japanese and caused them to change some of the things they were doing, including curtailing an aggressive move into the Indian Ocean. It also encouraged Admiral Yamamoto in his plan to attack US forces on Midway Island, a move that resulted in the loss of four Japanese aircraft carries (to one for the US) and marked the turning point in the war in the Pacific.
Regards — Cliff