This year marks the 75th anniversary commemoration of Doolittles Historic Raid over Tokyo. Dave Barber, James Humphreys, and Rob Meals joined Good Morning Utah to talk about the event. Among the highlights of this week-long commemoration will be a visit from a B-25 Mitchell bomber, a swing dance party, WWII re-enactment, and a pancake breakfast. The plane, a bomber named Maid in the Shade, will arrive to the Heber City Airport at noon on June 5th and depart at 9am on June 12th.
The guests explained that the historic raid over Tokyo by the Doolittle Raiders was lead by pilot Jimmy Doolittle, sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers departed April 18, 1942 from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on a 500-foot runway each with a 2000-pound bomb load. After the raid fifteen aircraft crash-landed in China; the 16th landed in the Soviet Union. This mission served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, proving that Japan was vulnerable to American air power.