Those of us who spend any time around South St. Paul often wonder what it must have been like to try to launch a B-25 from a World War II aircraft carrier as the Doolittle Raiders tried to do in April 1942.
Our imagination is enhanced by the fact “Miss Mitchell,” a B-25 operated by the Commemorative Air Force of Minnesota, is based at St. Paul’s Fleming Field.
When it flew over to Oshkosh for the big aviation convention over the weekend, it went a little out of its way, picking up Dayton, Ohio native Dick Cole, 98, who is one of four remaining “Doolittle Raiders.”
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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