Tag: B-25 Mitchell

Lt Col Dick Cole, the Last Doolittle Raider, Dies at 103
A legendary chapter in Air Force history has come to a close. Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, the last survivor of the “Doolittle Raid,” died April 9, in San Antonio. “Lt. Col. Dick Cole reunited with the Doolittle Raiders in the clear blue skies today,” said Secretary of...
The Sad Story of the B-25 Mitchell that crashed into Empire State Building
The B-25 exploded on impact spraying burning fuel into West 34th Street below, one of the engines completely passing through the building and out the other side Taken on Jul. 28, 1945 the photos in this post feature the Empire State Building after the infamous 457th Bomb Group B-25 Mitchell crash.
The B-25 ‘Bridge Busters’ and the GLIP bombing technique
Getting direct hit on a target only 15 ft wide from medium altitude was challenging. Experience showed that even near misses would do little to damage a strongly built bridge structure. The B-25 Mitchell was the only American medium bomber to operate in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre. Commencing operations in July 1942 in...
Just like the B-25s taking off from aircraft carriers, the B-1 is constantly upgraded from what was originally just supposed to be a low-level bomber to one of the most capable USAF aircraft Two B-1 strategic bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) took part in the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid where one of the Bones performed...
Even if the Doolittle Raid caused only minor damage, it forced the Japanese to recall combat forces for home defense and raised fears among the Japanese civilians In the spring of 1942 U.S. morale slumped because of the numerous Japanese successes. The country desperately needed a victory. As explained by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force article America Hits Back: The...