Tag: North American B-25 Mitchell

Lt Col Richard “Dick” Cole, last surviving member of the Doolittle raid, has passed away

Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” E. Cole, Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot and last surviving member of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo on 18 April 1942, passed away on 9 April 2019. Born in 1915, he enlisted as aviation cadet in 1940. He was one of the 80 crew members selected to take part in the famous raid …

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CAF SoCal PBJ-1J Mitchell flies again after a 23-year restoration

After a 23-year restoration by the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, “Semper Fi”, the world’s only airworthy PBJ-1J Mitchell, flew again on May 15 in Ventura. Visit the CAF SoCal’s website for more information and photos.

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Doolittle Raid veteran Edwards J. Saylor passes away

Edward J. Saylor, the engineer of the 15th aircrew that participated in the famous 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan, passed away at his home on January 28, 2015. His crew bombed targets in Kobe and had to ditch its aircraft near the Chinese coast after the raid. Saylor stayed with the Air Force …

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B-25 “Panchito” gear collapse

The North American B-25 Mitchell N9079Z “Panchito” was damaged when its starboard main landing gear collapsed during roll out. Photos can be seen on the Air Show Buzz Forum.

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Doolittle Raid: 25 B-25 Mitchell hoped for 70th anniversary

The five remaining members of the Doolittle raid will be present at the National Museum of the USAF to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the raid from April 17 to 20, 2012. Also present for the first time will be Chinese survivors or members of their families who helped save the Raiders. The  Doolittle Tokyo …

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B-25 crashes in France

(Updated June 4, 2011 at 6:44PM) More bad news for the warbird community: a B-25 Mitchell crash-landed on May 31st, 2011, in France near Melun-Villaroche, south-east of Paris. It appears the B-25 is F-AZZU, s/n 44-58811, which is known as “Russell’s Raiders” and is well known in France due to its regular appearances at the …

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