WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT)- In Commemoration of the Doolittle Raid on Japan on April 18, 1942, 22 Mitchell B-25 bombers will be gathering in Dayton, OH. Two of them passed through Walnut Ridge on Monday.
The plane went through several owners and wound up rotting away on a ramp just days from the scrap heap. A college student bought the plane for $500 dollars and it became the museums first aircraft.
On April 18, 1942, twenty B-25's flew off an aircraft carrier and bombed Tokyo. The mission was led by Colonel Jimmy Doolittle.
On a panel in the museum plane several of the Doolittle Raiders have left behind their autographs. Colonel Doolittle's Co-pilot, Dick Cole has flown the raider bird 3 times.
With their fuel tanks topped off a burst of smoke and the ramp was filled with the rumble of round engines.