Two Emmy wins for aviation documentary

“The Restorers — They Were All Volunteers” has earned Emmy awards in two categories this year. Producer Kara Martinelli and Director Adam White won for Writing (Program) and Technical Achievement for their documentary film about the B-25 bomber, “Miss Mitchell,” flying to Dayton to participate in the Doolittle Reunion.

The awards were bestowed at the 43rd Annual Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Awards, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Western Reserve PBS was the airing station of “The Restorers — They Were All Volunteers.”

“We are grateful to our crew, Western Reserve PBS, the Minnesota Commemorative Air Force, and the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for volunteering for all of us, to go out and help save the world,” said White.

“We would like to dedicate the award to the World War II heroes, and also for myself, to my Grandfather who was also a World War II veteran,” Martinelli added.

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 dangerous 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 restored B-25 bomber, named “Miss Mitchell,” as she travels to Dayton, Ohio, to attend the Raider Reunion.

“The Restorers — They Were All Volunteers” is the pilot episode of a series now under development by Hemlock Films.

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