WARREN E THOMPSON DESCRIBES THE EXPLOITS OF THE 345TH BOMB GROUP THE AIR APACHES
Settling in at Columbia Army Air Base in South Carolina in November 1942, the trainee crews knew they had a lot to live up to. Nine months earlier, new recruits undergoing familiarisation on the USAAF’s latest bomber, the North American B-25 Mitchell, were asked to volunteer for a hazardous mission.
Those who rallied to the call became the famous ‘Doolittle Raiders’, flying B-25s off the carrier USS Hornet on April 18 on a oneway retaliatory raid on Tokyo. The air force had begun to strike back after Pearl Harbor.