B-25 Pacific Princess Doolittle ReunionsDayton, Ohio
This page was updated April 26, 2012 to add a video interview of four Doolittle Raiders on the 70th Anniversary of their heroic mission, video from 2011 Reunion, black and white silent video from the actual event and Rare WWII Color video of the story.
Thanks to our friend, Ford Murray, in Pearl Harbor for this find.
Video was shot by Terri Polley who does amateur videography for Cable Airport pilots in Upland, CA. 7 individuals, including Terri, her husband Mike, (a pilot of the Pacific Princess), flew in the 'Princess' from Chino, CA. to the Doolittle Reunion along with 'Princess' owners Carl Scholl, Tony Ritzmann and John Paul. It was Larry Kelly, owner of B-25 'Panchito', who organized the gathering of B-25s in support of the Doolittle Raiders. Thanks to Terri's sister Jerri, of www.victorygirl.com, a nose art and painted jacket company, for the background information.
The Doolittle Raiders were a group of B-25 pilots and crew who flew B-25B's from the USS Carrier ‘Hornet’ in April, 1942 to attack Tokyo, Japan, and deliver a tremendous morale booster to Americans during a dark time of WWII. B-25J 'Pacific Princess' and crew participated in the largest gathering of B-25's since WWII for the 68th Doolittle Raiders Reunion held April 17th & 18th, 2010 at USAF Museum, Wright Field Dayton Ohio. Seventeen B-25's formed up for a fly-over the Doolittle Memorial ceremony. 8 Doolittle Raiders of the original 79 remain, 4 were able to attend the 2010 event. Air to Air shots filmed from the tailgunner seat of 'Pacific Princess', ship # 2 in the 17 ship formation.
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