The Last Raider – Lt Col RE Cole – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 624

WARBIRD RADIO – Seventy-five years ago on April 18th eight brave men launched from the USS Hornet on a mission that would forever leave a mark on history.  Tonight we’ll hear from the last surviving member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders – Lt. Col. RE Cole about his experiences on the mission.  Lt. Col. Cole flew as Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot and his story is one you don’t want to miss.

We’ll also check in with Larry Kelley who flew today’s memorial flight over the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  As always your calls and comments are welcomed.

QUICK LINK:  Doolittle Raiders Scholarship Fund

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

Larry Kelley Exercises B-25 “Panchito”

WARBIRD RADIO – Larry Kelley demos his B-25 “Panchito” to the crowd at Thunder In The Valley.  Panchito tours the country raising awareness for the Disabled American Veterans.  In April 2010 Panchito will lead 20 B-25’s during the memorial flight for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders in Dayton, Ohio.  For more information on Larry’s B-25 just use the Quick Link below.  We’ve also posted the link for the upcoming Raider’s reunion.  Enjoy!

QUICK LINK:  Larry Kelley’s B-25 Panchito

QUICK LINK:  Raider’s Reunion 2010

Doolittle Raider’s Final Toast & Planes of Fame’s ArchivaPalooza – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 522

WARBIRD RADIO – Larry Kelley joins Matt Jolley with a look at the Doolittle Raider’s final toast taking place this November 9th in Dayton, Ohio.  The main events will be at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and some will be open to the public.

B-25 rides will also be available at the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio the same weekend.  For more information just click on the Quick Link posted below.

Lisa Collinsworth from Planes of Fame also joins Matt with a look at the first ever Planes of Fame ArchivaPoolza.  The event runs the same weekend as the Raider’s final toast (Veteran’s Day Weekend / November 8,9, 10).  POF Founder Ed Maloney saved everything that went along with the airplanes – books, technical manuals, magazines, and photographs.  But unlike the airplanes, over 1,200 boxes of precious historical content are hidden away.  They need your help cataloguing all these historic gems.

The Quick Link below has the details.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  Doolittle Raiders Toast

QUICK LINK:  ArchivaPalooza

Doolittle Raider’s Final Toast To Take Place This November

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders ToastWARBIRD RADIO –  The National Museum of the United States Air Force along with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders announced this morning that the U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Today, just four of the men survive: Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, co-pilot of Crew No. 1; Lt. Col. Robert L. Hite, co-pilot of Crew No. 16; Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 15; and Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher, engineer-gunner of Crew No. 7. At this time, all four Raiders are planning to attend the event. According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, the Doolittle Raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power because it marked the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.

“While the attack itself caused little actual damage to Japanese war industry, the psychological impact on the Japanese military and the American public proved to be immense,” said Hudson. “The U.S. Air Force has drawn upon the Doolittle Raiders for inspiration ever since, and we are deeply honored that they have chosen to have this final ceremony at our national museum.”

In 1959 the city of Tucson, Ariz., presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of silver goblets, each bearing the name of one of the 80 men who flew on the mission. At each of their past reunions, the surviving Raiders would conduct their solemn “Goblet Ceremony.” After toasting the Raiders who died since their last meeting, they would then turn the deceased men’s goblets upside down. The Nov. 9 event will mark their final toast.

Among those scheduled to attend the ceremony to pay tribute to the Raiders are Air Force Acting Secretary Eric Fanning and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III.  The public will also have an opportunity to celebrate these World War II aviation heroes that day through events that include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Doolittle Raiders memorial and a flyover of B-25 aircraft. In addition, the Air Force Museum Theatre is planning to show Doolittle Raider and World War II-themed films. More details will be announced as the event nears.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service’s national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year, more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America’s Air Force.

QUICK LINK:  Raider’s Final Toast 

The Legacy Lives On – 34th Bomb Squadron Presents Patch To Honor Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

NewMeetsOld1WARBIRD RADIO – It was a special moment when members of the 34th Bomb Squadron presented Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole (RET) and the other surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders their current “active duty” patch flown in combat.  The event took place April 19th 2013 during the Doolittle Tokyo Raider’s last public reunion in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

The 34th Bomb Squadron currently operates B-1 “Lancers” and is recognized as one of the oldest squadrons in the United States Air Force.  Along side sister squadrons, the 37th and 95th Bomb Squadron the 34th contributed aircrews for the Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942.  In this historic snapshot the new meets the old and the proud legacy of the 34th Thunderbirds continues.

QUICK LINK:  34th Bomb Squadron

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