Two B-1 bombers will streak across the skies of Dayton and over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders bombing attack on Japan.
The bombers are from the same units the Doolittle Raiders flew — the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons — today based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., according to the museum.
Weather permitting, the two swing-wing jets were scheduled to fly over around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, as part of a ceremony honoring the anniversary of the World War II raid. An hour before, 17 B-25 bombers around the nation are set to fly over the memorial service.
Eighty Army Air Forces airmen flew 16 B-25 bombers launched off the deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 in an audacious bombing raid against Japan. The raid happened months after the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the United States into World War II.
Then Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led the raid. Dayton native Richard Cole was co-pilot, and the 101-year-old sole surviving Raider is scheduled to be at the museum ceremony.
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