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Offline Frankie

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Last living Doolittle Raider recalls America's revenge attack
« on: October 03, 2016, 05:04:27 PM »
From CNN (3 days ago)!


Out of the 80 raiders, only one remains. 101 years old retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Richard E. "Dick" Cole.


I remember reading the book "Thirty seconds over Tokyo".  In 1944, a movie was made about the Tokyo raid.

The amazing thing about the movie was that they used actual B-25 Mitchell cockpits and interiors. It doesn't get any more authentic than that. In the age before CGI, the air to ground combat scenes explosions and scale-model of Tokyo were very well done.

"A typical B-25 takeoff uses about 2,000 feet of runway, Thompsen said. But the Hornet's deck allowed the planes as little as 300 feet to get airborne — otherwise they'd drop off the edge and crash into the ocean. Amazingly, the mission pilots had been trained to be able to take off as slowly as 75 mph with as little as 250 feet of runway." (Thom Patterson, CNN)


For more information, the Tokyo Raiders' official website is here: http://www.doolittleraider.com/

Brave men. History was made. Archival footage.

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Frankie Kam
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Re: Last living Doolittle Raider recalls America's revenge attack
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 07:49:38 PM »
Thanks for sharing Frankie.
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Re: Last living Doolittle Raider recalls America's revenge attack
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 09:03:22 AM »
+1 for sharing Frankie, thank you!

Interesting allaround.  I still get emotional when I watch my Blood Brothers box set and see the real members footage.
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Re: Last living Doolittle Raider recalls America's revenge attack
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 03:17:11 AM »
+2 Thanks for sharing, Frankie.
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