One indication of the “Bootleg whiskey in a brand name bottle!” aspect of all this was: One of the B25 pilots forgot to put his fucking flaps down for the takeoff! The bomber dropped off of the bow in a near full stall, while the landing gear(high drag…) was slowly retracting. His altitude above the white caps was estimated by the copilot and the Carrier Air Boss to be a RCH, give or take!
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — April 26, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
Remind the high school and college graduates that neither Rex Harrison or *cough* eddie murphy participated in this event.
^Kinlaw, I think the majority were from Texas. But last week I would go out of my way to let anyone who’d listen to me know that Gen. Doolittle’s bombardier, SSgt Fred Braemer, was a graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle. Doolittle’s plane was the first to drop its bombs on Tokyo, if not the entire mission.
Comment by accipiter NW — April 26, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
And its late, I meant Texas represented the highest number of Raiders. Something like 12 out of the 80.
Thanks for the post TUA.
Comment by accipiter NW — April 27, 2012 @ 12:06 am