SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — “The mission I’m asking you to volunteer for is exceptionally dangerous, take a look at the man beside you it’s a good bet in the next six weeks you or he will be dead,” actor Alec Baldwin, playing Colonel James Doolittle, said in the movie Pear Harbor.
Doolittle was selected to lead a secret mission which consisted of 16 B-25 bombers that launched from an aircraft carrier, something that had never been done before, in order to bomb targets over Japan.
It became known as the Doolittle Raid.
On Tuesday, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of that historic day, a B-25 bomber landed at the Sioux Falls airport. It was brought here by the South Dakota Air and Space Museum to teach students.
“The Doolittle Raid is an important part of American history and South Dakota had two people participate,” historian John Mollison said.
The volunteers became known as the Doolittle Raiders. The two South Dakotans he was referring to were Navigator Henry Potter from Pierre and Don Smith a pilot from Oldham.
The B-25 is scheduled to make stops in Mitchell, Pierre and Rapid City.