Reflections on 2017 | B-25 Sunset

Reflections on 2017 | B-25 Sunset

Reflections on 2017 | B-25 Sunset  After a hard day’s work, this B-25 gets a well deserved rest at a quiet field.  North American built over 10,000 B-25 Mitchell bombers between 1940 and 1945.  B-25s flew in every theater of combat during World War II.  Eleven B-25’s flew from Grimes Field in Urbana, OH to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH to participate in th 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary.  After attending the 70th reunion five years ago, I just had to go back for the 75th reunion.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to Reflections on 2017 | a 7 Image Story.

Newly Restored B-25 MB II

Newly Restored B-25 MB II

Newly Restored B-25 MB II  On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  They fought and died to keep us safe and free.  Although we can not ever thank them enough, we can remember them.  This new restored B-25 helps us remember them and all flight crews who served.  The Commemorative Air Force’s SoCal Wing worked for roughly two decades to restore this North American PBJ-1 Mitchell, the Navy’s version of the B-25 medium bomber. Over seven hundred PBJs, flown by the Marine Corp., served in the South Pacific during WWII.

B-25 Miss Hap at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary

B-25 Miss Hap at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary

B-25 Miss Hap at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary  Miss Hap was taking off from Grimes Field headed to the Air Force Museum Airfield to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.  Miss Hap is the oldest surviving B-25; the 4th off the North American production line in 1940.  Visit the American AirPower Museum site to learn more about Miss Hap.

B-25 Panchito at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary

B-25 Panchito at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary

B-25 Panchito at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary  Panchito was taking off from Grimes Field headed to the Air Force Museum Airfield to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.   It served in the Pacific Theater in the 41st Bombardment Group, 396th Bomb Squadron were it was named after a Mexican rooster of the 1943 animated musical “The Three Cabarellos”.  Visit the Delaware Aviation Museum, site to learn more about Panchito. 

 

B-25 Yankee Warrior at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary

B-25 Yankee Warrior at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary

B-25 Yankee Warrior at 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary  Yankee Warrior was taking off from Grimes Field headed to the Air Force Museum Airfield to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.   Yankee Warrior, a B-25D, was built in 1943 and is the only flying B-25D still flying today.  It served in North Africa and Sicily in WWII, then served in the  Royal Canadian Air Force for a while.  Finally The Yankee Air Museum purchased it in 1987.