Almost eighty years ago, America became embroiled in the greatest armed conflict the world has ever known. At stake were the very basis of our lives, freedom, liberty, and democracy. The men and women of the Greatest Generation, our fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers, humbly answered the call. They, and the Arsenal of Democracy built by them, ensured that freedom and democracy would survive.
In May of 2020, the greatest aerial armada of flying World War Two military aircraft will take to the skies over our Nation’s capital, in a flying salute not only to their sacrifice, but to honor all veterans.
This huge and very expensive undertaking will involve lovingly restored aircraft from all over the country. The Devil Dog squadron is honored to be selected to participate in this event.
The Devil Dog Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force flying museum maintains and operates one such significant airplane. The “Devil Dog” is a North American B-25 “Mitchell” bomber. This is the same type of aircraft used in the famous “Doolittle Raid” on Japan in early 1942. B-25’s were flown by all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and several allies. Devil Dog commemorates a U.S. Marine Corps patrol bomber PBJ-1J of Marine Bombing Squadron 612 (VMB612). Devil Dog is lovingly maintained and flown by a dedicated group of volunteers in Georgetown, Texas. Their efforts are funded by donations and public appearances. The great expense of participation in the 2020 Arsenal of Democracy flyover of Washington, D.C. will require participation by the American public in the form of donations. All donations are tax deductible.