Oshkosh, Wis.(WFRV)– At EAA’s AirVenture today in Oshkosh, fighter pilots from the legendary Doolittle Raiders and Tuskegee Airmen were honored.
Local 5’s Donald Robinson spoke with some of the last remaining heroes from the World War II era.
The Doolittle Raiders and Tuskegee Airmen shared one common cause: to defeat the enemies of World War II. But how they went about it, and the obstacles facing the two groups of fighter pilots were different.
The Doolittle Raiders were made up of 16 all-white crews that volunteered in 1942 to fly a surprise bombing attack on Japan.
All the aircrafts involved in the bombing were lost and 11 crewmen were either killed or captured.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the nation’s first African-American fighter pilot group; however, they started out as an escort group for their white counterparts.
The Airmen had to overcome discrimination at home and abroad to post a superior flying record in Europe.
They even shot down three German jets in one day.
Today people are still thankful for the efforts of both the Doolittle Raiders and Tuskegee Airmen.
Tonight at 5 & 6pm on Local Five News, hear from Tuskegee Airmen and also visit with the Doolittle Raiders.