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Jeff Thatcher, son of Doolittle Raider, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, gives remarks at the National Museum of the United States Air Force April 18, 2017. The memorial service, including a wreath laying, honored the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in which 80 volunteers used 16 B-25 bombers to strike the Japanese mainland from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, turning the tide of World War II. The ceremony included two flyovers of B-25 bombers, one in the missing man formation, and a B-1B bomber flyover, one of which had been rechristened the "Ruptured Duck" in a ceremony the day before. Staff Sgt. Thatcher was a crew member on the original Ruptured Duck, during the Doolittle Raid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth) Wright-Patterson, NMUSAF pay tribute to Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary
Friends, family and fans from around the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid April 17-18, 2017, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was an important event in the development of American air power as it was the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
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Second Lieutenants Ken Taylor (left) and George Welch. This week in History: Air Power at Pearl Harbor
When Japanese Naval aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, they also attacked USAAF flying fields and facilities as well. Only a handful of U.S. pilots got airborne to fight back.    The two most famous were young AAF pilots named Welch and Taylor.    At Wheeler Field, 2nd Lieutenants George Welch and Kenneth Taylor
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