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Doolittle Raiders Gathering, 18 April 2010

 
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Apr 21, 2010 21:10 |  #16

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Great shots! Looks to me like the slow shutter risk paid off well :)

I agree! Frozen props in these images would have been a shame.


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Apr 22, 2010 13:25 |  #17

FLphotoguy wrote in post #10041294 (external link)
I agree! Frozen props in these images would have been a shame.

I concur, hence why I panned with everything that wasn't sitting on the Ramp's.

Here is a slightly different perspective:

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Apr 22, 2010 14:24 |  #18

Excellent captures James, Pacific Prowler is one of my favorites its so pretty and shiny .


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Apr 22, 2010 20:02 |  #19

Great panning shots, especially considering the speed they were moving and your slow shutter speed. Kudos!


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Apr 22, 2010 21:01 as a reply to  @ Praemunitus's post |  #20

Outstanding shots and technique!!

Are any of the original raiders still living to be present at the gathering?


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Apr 22, 2010 21:20 |  #21

Great to see the old birds still flying. Nice shots.


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Apr 23, 2010 02:35 |  #22

Great shots
Were these recovered from China?
If memory serves they left from the carrier and had to run for China after the raid?


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Apr 23, 2010 03:02 |  #23

Desertraptor wrote in post #10049526 (external link)
Great shots
Were these recovered from China?
If memory serves they left from the carrier and had to run for China after the raid?

Pretty sure the original plan called for a relatively benign recovery in the USSR, but the early launch due to possible blown OpSec when they encountered the Japanese fishing boat meant fuel reserves would be stretched to the max. I think they all knew it had become a "do the best to get to wherever you can" deal.

The "reunion" aspect has to do with the men and not the actual aircraft. I believe they were expecting eight surviving crewmen but only four were actually able to attend.

AFAIK, none of the 17 B-25s that were in Dayton were actual Doolittle Raid aircraft. Don't think there are any B-model B-25s still flying.


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Apr 23, 2010 09:14 |  #24

Fantastic shots.


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Apr 23, 2010 09:46 |  #25

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Pretty sure the original plan called for a relatively benign recovery in the USSR, but the early launch due to possible blown OpSec when they encountered the Japanese fishing boat meant fuel reserves would be stretched to the max. I think they all knew it had become a "do the best to get to wherever you can" deal....

I think the plan was always to land in China, just way deeper in unoccupied China and as it turned out, like you say, they barely made the coast. The whole plan was quite an undertaking.


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Apr 23, 2010 10:13 |  #26

As a bombing raid, it did little to damage the Japaness war machine at the time. But what that raid did for moral state side was HUGE! We struck back at Japan after they destroyed Pearl Harbor and a big part of the Pacific fleet and that was a really big deal. These men need to be honored at every opportunity, before it's too late.

A few years back I got the very big honor of getting to sit down with Col. Paul Tibits during a video taping for a show that aired on the History Channel. He talked for 2 hours about how he and Robert Openhiemer developed a plan to deliver "The Bomb" and then all about the flight and delivery of the package to Japan. That was one of my best moments in my TV career. An amazing moment of history told by someone that was actually there and made the thing happen. And I got paid to do it!

Great images BTW! You seem to have that panning technique down. Nicely done.


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Apr 23, 2010 10:16 |  #27

Wow! Beautiful shots. I wish my panning shots wre that good!


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Apr 23, 2010 10:21 |  #28

Great pics. I've got a shot of the Yellow Rose in Hondo, TX from 1985 when she didn't wear a bikini! Times have changed.......


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Apr 23, 2010 11:48 |  #29

Everyone that has replied. Thank you for the feedback. It was an Awesome experience, for which if I hadn't had Thunder Over Louisville as a scheduling conflict, I would have been there all 4 days. Alas, I was only able to make Sunday, but it was a gorgeous day for flying. All my images, that I have posted are hand-held. I took my mono-pod, but never took it out of the car. ;)

andrewhuxman wrote in post #10046019 (external link)
Excellent captures James, Pacific Prowler is one of my favorites its so pretty and shiny .

Thank you Andrew.

Praemunitus wrote in post #10047864 (external link)
Great panning shots, especially considering the speed they were moving and your slow shutter speed. Kudos!

Thank you for the feedback. I'm still working on getting better with panning. (Seeing how Slow I can go, without using support ;) )

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Outstanding shots and technique!!

Are any of the original raiders still living to be present at the gathering?

Thank you. I'll post some more, once I've worked through them. As Jay stated, 8 are living, however, only 4 were able to attend the gathering.

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Great to see the old birds still flying. Nice shots.

It is great to see the old girls still flying. I wish there lots more, but there isn't. :(

Desertraptor wrote in post #10049526 (external link)
Great shots
Were these recovered from China?
If memory serves they left from the carrier and had to run for China after the raid?

Negative on recovery. Most of these served in other Theaters', and have since been restored to flying condition, most with their original squadron's colors/ insignia. Some have been customized :)

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #10049582 (external link)
The "reunion" aspect has to do with the men and not the actual aircraft. I believe they were expecting eight surviving crewmen but only four were actually able to attend.

AFAIK, none of the 17 B-25s that were in Dayton were actual Doolittle Raid aircraft. Don't think there are any B-model B-25s still flying.

Jay, hit the nail on the head. ;)

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Fantastic shots.

Thank you.

gjl711 wrote in post #10050771 (external link)
I think the plan was always to land in China, just way deeper in unoccupied China and as it turned out, like you say, they barely made the coast. The whole plan was quite an undertaking.

You sir, are correct. Those crews that made it to land, landed in occupied China, instead of further into Allied China, where the original LZ was located.


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Apr 23, 2010 11:53 |  #30

Very impressive! Wish I could have been there to see this!


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