Ellsworth to hold RAID’22 event for 80th anniversary of Doolittle Raid

RAPID CITY, S.D. — 80 years ago on Monday, the United States landed its first counter attack after the raid on Pearl Harbor.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25 bombers on a mission to attack Japan, launching from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. The crews were forced to launch 250 miles earlier than planned after the task force was spotted by Japanese picket ships. The raid was a huge morale boost for the American people.

The Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to three of the four squadrons that took part in the raid and to commemorate it, the base is holding an event called “RAID’22” as part of the Air and Space show next month.

Lt. Col. Tony Nishimura is the director of the show and spoke to NewsCenter1 recently about the event.

“So we have a B-25 – it’s going to start out in Sioux falls, it’s going to make several stops along the way to Rapid City over a two-day period and then it’s going to wind up here at Ellsworth Air Force Base,” Nishimura explains. “We want to make this a South Dakota air show – not just West River, not just Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Doolittle Raid 80thThe aircraft that’s taking part in the event – the commemorative Air Force’s “Miss Mitchell” – may have served under Jimmy Doolittle later in the war.

It was assigned to the 12th Air Force in North Africa, which Doolittle commanded briefly the same year as the raid in 1942.

The Ellsworth Air and Space Show takes place on the weekend of May 14-15.

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