World War II veteran Warren Jarvis, of Kimberly, Wisc., was among the legions of young men who served in the conflict. A captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he flew a B-29 bomber on 35 missions over Japan.
OshKosh Honor Flight 2012
Jarvis is among more than 60 veterans of the “Greatest Generation” taking a special Honor Flight to our nation’s capital this week. These American heroes, all Wisconsin residents, are headed to Washington, D.C., on July 27 to see the National World War II Memorial for the first time and visit other important monuments.
The trip is being arranged in conjunction with the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show, held July 23-29. American is a sponsor of the air show, which also recognized two legendary World War II military units, the Tuskegee Airmen and Doolittle Raiders, with a “Tribute to the Greatest Generation in the Air.” Members of these renowned groups were at the event to talk about their memories of World War II and to be honored for their service.
Tuskogee Airmen attends ceremony
As you may know – and if you’ve see the recent movie “Red Tails,” – the Tuskegee Airmen, formed in 1941, were the first all-African-American pursuit squadron in the U.S. Army Air Force. The daring Doolittle Raid, of April 1942, led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle, was the first air raid by the U.S. to strike Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor.