Sep 24, 2007

Devil Dog Squadron Presents an Evening of Remembrance

Meet Dick Cole Co-pilot for Jimmy Doolittle

On October 20th, 2007 The Devil Dog Squadron will be hosting a Hangar Dance and Silent Auction. This benefit is being held for the sole purpose of raising much needed money to repair the Devil Dog, who for the past 10 years has called Georgetown "Home". For those of you who are not aware, the Devil Dog is a flying piece of history that is one of approximately 25 remaining B25 Medium WWII Bombers, IN FLYING CONDITION! The preservation of this historical plane has become an almost insurmountable task.

As part of the Commemorative Air Force, the Devil Dog, and the Devil Dog Squadron's mission is to help future generations remember and reflect upon the "Fallen". We keep these memories alive by flying to air shows all across the United States, giving history lessons where the public can actually touch, see and "hear" the airplane. With this hands on approach children and adults can grasp a better understanding of how our grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought for the freedom we enjoy today.

While the Devil Dog is at home, an open door policy has enabled visitors from all over the world to see this magnificent plane. Numerous field trips have been hosted each year from the private and public school systems, as well as individuals just wishing to see and learn about a significant part of our American history.

As we come upon the celebration of her 63rd birthday, we are faced with a serious problem. She is in dire need of a major engine overhaul. Without this repair, she will sit silent in her hangar. Estimates of this repair may run in excess of $50,000, and in order to finance this project, we are seeking to raise funds through donations, sponsorships, and this benefit dance.

In keeping with the historical era of WWII, we have quite an evening planned. This year, we are honored with the privilege of having Lt Col. Dick Cole as our guest speaker. What better way of representing the history of the B-25 Bomber, than by having one of the "Doolittle Raiders" at this benefit. Dick Cole was a co-pilot with Jimmy Doolittle on the first B-25 launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet on April 18, 1942, during the first bombing raid of Tokyo four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As one of only 14 living members of the "Doolittle Raiders", this is an opportunity that you should not pass up. In addition, we will be entertained by the Big Band Sounds of The Dick Thomas Orchestra, with the Dance starting at 6:30, ending with the winners of the auction items. As you can see, this will be a fun and historical evening for all who attend.

This benefit is now in the final stages of planning, and we are asking for your help and support at this time. As you know any charitable event relies upon the generosity of individuals and corporations alike, to ensure a successful event. Whether a Monetary Donation, Volunteering Time, Donating Auction Items, or Corporate Sponsorship, anything and everything will be appreciated. The Commemorative Air Force is a 501(c) 3 organization so everything is "Tax Deductible", but beside that.....all of your help....will get the Dog flying again. Help us keep this work of art and history alive!!!

For more information on how you can help, contact Beth Jenkins, at 512-869-1759.