On April 18th, 1942, eighty brave airmen flew off the deck of the USS Hornet bound for Tokyo and military immortality. Seventy years later, what Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and his 16 B-25 bomber crews accomplished is now one of the more revered missions of America’s involvement in WWII.
One of the untold stories is how a small group of Minneapolis aircraft mechanics helped make that mission possible. One of those men was my grandfather, Philip Blotz. This is their story of how they assisted Doolittle and his men to create an important turning point in the war against Japan.
For a more complete narrative and pictures: wp.me/p15zlH-aD
Follow the daily headlines of WWII: 70years.org

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