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From left to right, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Garbarini, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent (formerly 95th Reconnaissance Squadron quality assurance superintendent); U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander; Jonna Doolittle Hoppes; Maj. Cary McCreary, 95th RS historian and assistant director of operations, and Lt. Col. Matt Cottrill, 95th RS director of operations, pose for a photo May 12, 2017, at the 95th RS Heritage Hub on RAF Mildenhall, England. Doolittle Hoppes is the granddaughter of Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. Doolittle led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His crew on that mission became known as the “Doolittle Raiders.” During World War II, six of the 16 Doolittle Raiders’ crew were from the 95th Bomb Squadron. The 95th BS was redesignated the 95th RS in 1982. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) Doolittle’s granddaughter visits 95th RS
Just over 75 years ago, on April 18, 1942, then-Lt. Col. James Doolittle and his crew of “Doolittle Raiders led the daylight air raid on Tokyo after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of American aviation pioneer and retired U.S. Army Air Corps lieutenant general Doolittle, visited the 95th Reconnaissance
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Col. David Berg, 55th Wing vice commander, presents a U.S. flag to a group of locals to be placed at the former runway at
U.S. Army Air Forces station 131 in Nuthampstead, England. The abandoned airfield was home to the 55th Pursuit Group during World War II. (Courtesyphoto)
Wing leadership delivers flag to original home
Back in 1943, the newly-formed 55th Fighter Group called Nuthampstead, United States Army Air Forces station 131, home during World War II.Today, Nuthampstead is a quiet village and civil parish where an abandoned airstrip remains, harking back to its glory days.In the early 1980s, the 398th Bombardment Group, another unit who called this patch of
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