Style & History: The Doolittle Raiders of World War II

Today marks the 70 year anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, a historic mission by U.S. B-25 bombers to bomb the Japanese mainland for the first time. In honor of those pilots and crew, a showcase of 20 B-25 bombers was held in Urbana, OH this past weekend. I was lucky enough to witness this largest gathering of B-25s since the Second World War. To say it was incredible would not do the experience justice.

Photographing the entire event, I’ve assembled some of my favorite images, mixing in original historic shots from my grandfather’s service as an aircraft mechanic during World War II. In addition to the bombers, several fighter planes were flown in, including P-51s, a Corsair, and even a Japanese Zero. Such a gathering may never happen again, and I am grateful I was able to experience it.

Inspired by WW II aviation, I gathered together American made bomber jackets patterned from those worn by the pilots and crew of the B-25s.

Top left: Hand Oiled Slim Fitting A-2 Leather Bomber via Schott NYC $725; G-1 Goatskin Leather Flight Jacket via Schott NYC $800 Bottom left: Cockpit B-3 Sheepskin Bomber via Legendary USA $980; Cockpit B-9 Sheepskin Bomber via Legendary USA $1,100

I ask that you respect that ALL images, excluding the jacket product shots, are my own property.


5 responses

  1. Biz

    A stellar post old chap.

    April 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    • It’s my favorite thus far. I think the entire B-25 showcase has peaked a huge interest in vintage Americana in me. Thanks, BD.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:46 PM

  2. Love those jackets.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    • Me, too. It was awesome seeing the B-25 pilots & crew walking around in authentic bomber jackets that probably saw some real combat.

      April 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      • That’s even cooler. Great blog! I’ll be a daily reader for sure.

        April 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

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