The creators of the Emmy Award winning PBS hit “Red Tail Reborn” have released a new aviation documentary, “The Restorers-They Were All Volunteers,” which centers on airplane restorers and the World War II heroes known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The documentary will appear in theaters in select cities throughout the Midwest.
On April 18, 1942, Gen. James Doolittle led the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders on a top secret mission that would strike back at the heart of Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier. The Raiders launched their B-25 Mitchell Bombers off an aircraft carrier that would get them close to the home island of Japan. The bombing mission was a great success, boosting much needed morale for the United States.
Each year the famous Doolittle Tokyo Raiders have a reunion to remember their mission, their comrades, and their heroic leader Gen. James Doolittle. In 2010, an extraordinary event took place. For the 68th Doolittle reunion, 17 B-25 bomber crews volunteered to gather in honor of the Raiders. Over 70,000 people turned up to witness the event, to see the bombers, and to meet the remaining Raiders. “The Restorers-They Were All Volunteers” follows the journey of a Minnesota B-25 named Miss Mitchell as she travels to Dayton, Ohio to attend the largest B-25 gathering since World War II.
April 18th, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the historic Doolittle mission. “The Restorers–They Were All Volunteers” will screen in three cities leading up to the anniversary:
- Saturday April 7 – CAF Minnesota Wing Hangar – South St. Paul, Minn.
- Wednesday, April 11, 7 pm – Capitol Theater – Cleveland, Ohio
- Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 pm – The Neon Movies – Dayton, Ohio
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