Doolittle Raiders and Columbia Army Air Base
February 11 - South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) will host Martin Crouch.
February 25 - First of series of Lake Murray History cruises to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the aviation training over Lake Murray and the Doolittle Raid.
March 31 - Columbia Metro Airport 10 am – tour of “Columbia Army Air Base” -- 11 am – Richard Peterson presentation --Lake Murray/Doolittle history --SCHAF Doolittle display, 11am --tour of “Columbia Army Air Base”
April 6 - 7:30 am Crooked Creek Park. Rotary Club --Richard Peterson --Lake Murray and Doolittle History -- 11 am the Senior Lunch Bunch will have a presentation by Rachel Haynie who will speak about her books: “Stalled,” a novel that begins with the ditching of the Lake Murray B-25, and “Cornfield to Airfield: A History of Columbia Army Air Base.” Randall Shealy, a revered local historian, will discuss Lake Murray history. SCHAF will have a Doolittle display.
April 8 - SCHAF Open House (10 am to 1 pm) --will commemorate the Doolittle Raiders and founding of Columbia Army Air Base.
April 8 - History Day at the South Carolina State Museum (SCSM.) Ron Shelton, SCHAF Board Member and SCSM science curator emeritus will greet visitors at 12:30 pm at the USS Hornet/Doolittle exhibit.
April 18 - Lourie Center 1940s/Doolittle dance and concert with music by the Capital City Big Band, directed by Dick Goodwin. $10 tickets will be available. WWII exhibits.
June 2 - James Scott, the author of “Target Tokyo,” will speak during the SC Confederate Relic Room and History Museum’s Lunch and Learn series.
Doolittle Crew of aircraft number 10 included Lt. Horace Crouch (left) of Columbia, SC.
On the evening of October 15 SCHAF will conduct a WW2 Era USO style Hangar Dinner/Dance(Luau Theme) at Hamilton-Owens Airport.
Other historic aviation activity including rides on vintage aircraft will occur during October 14 - 16.
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Tuskegee Airmen will be remembered and honored at the July 2016 SCHAF Open House
The regularly scheduled SCHAF monthly Open House (always 2nd Saturday morning of each month) on July 9 (10 am to 1pm) will be in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special guests at the event will be members of the Spann Watson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen organization. Several members will share thoughts regarding the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and of the organization. During WWII several sites in South Carolina played a major role in the training operation of the Tuskegees.
Members of the Chapter will also have a cookout at the event (12 noon for the cookout).
More information will be available on the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation Facebook Page closer to the event.
The open house is at the SCHAF hangar(Y-1) at the Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia, SC
At the SCHAF open house on Saturday, February 13, 2016
We plan to have members of the family of Horace “Sally” Crouch, who was one of the Doolittle Raiders in 1942. We plan to commemorate the formation of the raiders which took place in February 1942 at Columbia Army Air Base (now Columbia Metro). Jimmy Doolittle came to new Columbia Army Air Base and met with members of the 17th Bomb Group that had set up combat training at the new base with the country's first B-25 Bomber airplanes. At that time 25 crews volunteered and were selected to begin training for flying loaded B-25 Bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier. Following their mission in April of 1942 they became known as the Doolittle Raiders. At this time only 3 of the original 80 Doolittle Raiders are still living.
Open House will be at the SCHAF Hangar(Y-1) at Hamilton-Owens Airport from 10am to 1pm.
SCHAF April Open House
The monthly open house at the SCHAF Hangar will take place on Saturday April 18 from 10 am to 1 pm. On this occasion we will be remembering the Doolittle Raiders on the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. We will also have a WWII parachute demonstration. SCHAF will also be participating in the Eagle Aviation Hawks and Hawgs event which occurs from 9am to 1pm.
The week of April 15, 2015 the US Congress will award the Doolittle Raiders the Congressional Gold Medal. There will be a ceremony commemorating this occasion at the USAF Museum in Dayton on Saturday, April 18 with the two remaining Raiders present for the occasion.
At the SCHAF remembrance, Martin and Lynn Crouch, son of Raider Col. Horace Crouch, will be present to speak about the occasion of the Doolittle Raid Anniversary, reflect about the life and career of Col Crouch and the award of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Now, only David Thatcher(Rt) and Richard Cole(Ctr) remain. This picture was from 2013 when Edward Saylor was living.
SCHAF March Open House to Observe Women’s History Month
The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) is observing Women’s History Month by hosting a visit from the first African American female in the history of the National Guard to be promoted to general office. Aiken native Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris retired as a Major General in the Air National Guard. She later served as Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Center for Women Veterans. She will be at Hamilton-Owens Airport Saturday, March 14 at noon during SCHAF’s regularly-scheduled monthly open house to “inspect” the vintage B-25 bomber the aviation foundation currently is restoring to display standards. She will receive a special greeting from members of the Spann Watson Chapter, Tuskegee Airman. A Tuskegee Airman chapter located in Upstate New York is named for Trowell-Harris. She presently lives and works in Washington DC.
In addition that weekend Bill Rouw with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will be in town to assist SCHAF volunteers with the restoration of GF-2. Bill is the crew chief for the CWHM’s airworthy B-25 and in recent months has provided a wealth of knowledge and assistance to SCHAF. Anyone who would like come by and learn how they can help in the restoration is welcome. Volunteers are always needed. Plans are to work on GF-2 that weekend.
Also present that morning will be Brigadier General Darlene Goff, Director of Joint Staff for the South Carolina National Guard. General Goff is the SC National Guard’s first female to achieve the rank of General.
And because it’s Women’s History Month we will have ladies dressed as “Rosie the Riveter.” They will be on hand to talk about the important contribution of women in helping win World War II and defending our freedoms.
Also there will be a trailer sized realistic flight simulator for young people and other guests to experience. Word is that the simulator is out of this world.
This is shaping up to be one the best SCHAF open houses ever and we would love to have a good turnout from the membership. Tell your friends and bring them along and introduce them to the exciting world of aviation history. Again, that’s Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 at Hamilton-Owens Airport. Hope to see you there.
Brigadier General Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, Aiken Native.
Capital Salute: a way for your service recollections to be preserved:
Capital Salute, a compendium of D-Day and other WWII recollections submitted by Greater Columbia-area resident veterans who served in WWII, in any branch of service, is being extended. The initiative began with spring with the publication of Capital Salute: D-Day Plus 70. Now the Walker Local History Room (WLHR) at Richland Library has accepted the book into its holdings and will treat it as the nucleus of a receiving initiative. WLHR will serve as a repository for two-dimensional materials (written words and pictures) that represent the WWII service of our local veterans. Of course, the collecting initiative also extends to females who were working or waiting; their recollections also are of vital importance.
Lake Murray resident Ed “Jib” Colie(Lft) and Lake Murray businessman Martin Crouch visit a new exhibit, on view at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the opening of former Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB) and also the storied Doolittle Raid. Each contributed items for the display. Crouch’s father, the late Horace “Sally” Crouch, was the only Columbian who flew on the daring mission that gave America a much-needed morale boost early in WWII. Bob Bartlett(Rt) of Irmo also contributed items for the exhibit.
Announcement of Symposium - August 25, 2012
Symposium to reflect on the life and times of Paul R. Redfern, Columbia's first commercial aviator and airport founder --on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of his most notorious and final flight. Please share with others:
Earl Yerrick Static Aviation DisplayDate - April 21, 2012
10:00am – 4:00pm
SCHAF will participate in the First Annual Earl Yerrick Static Aviation Display and Open House at Hamilton-Owens Airport on April 21. SCHAF will be remembering and honoring the Doolittle Raiders on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of their historic mission in WWII.
70th Anniversary Remembrance of Columbia Army Air Base - December 3
11:00AM -- 3:00PM
The SC Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) is producing a public event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB) and honor the soldiers that trained and worked there (more than 200 trainees and instructors died in aircraft trainng accidents) as well as hundreds families that had workers there and supported the operation in many ways.
Remembering the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor will also be a part of the activities.
Ceremony of Remembrance and Honor for those associated with Columbia Army Air Base and Pearl Harbor --- 1:00pm
WWII Displays and Activities including a reunion of Columbia Army Air Base Personnel and a WWII Swing Dance
Demonstration Music with a Military Band.
Unveiling of Design for a Monument Honoring those who served and those who died at Columbia Army Air Base.
Location: SC Aeronautics Division Hangar at Columbia Metro Airport
Free and Public Invited -- Family Oriented
Please contact SCHAF if you or a family member or friend had any involvement with CAAB in the 1940s --A reunion
of CAAB personnel and families is being planned for the same day.
Note: Earlier in the week (Nov. 30) there will be a WWII author's event and CAAB exhibit at the Richland County Public Library.
SC Historic Aviation Foundation
More info or contact at: 803.731.3254
June 11-18 Aviation History Week Activities
Aviation history observed in days leading up to Father’s Day weekend
Marking aviation’s 100th anniversary in South Carolina, the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation(SCHAF) is observing flight’s first century in the Palmetto State with a family-centered week of activities culminating Father’s Day weekend (note: Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19).
One special guest for the events of June 17-18 will be Jimmy Shannon, co-pilot on the C-47 that extracted from China Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, along with reconnoitered members of his Tokyo Raid crew. Doolittle recruited crews for that historic mission at Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB). Following WWII, Shannon, now a resident of Houston, Tex., had a long and distinguished career as a commercial pilot.
Of special note: dates chosen for this multi-anniversary event coincide with the June 19 date on which Jimmy Doolittle returned to Columbia Army Air Base on a morale tour, just two months after the Tokyo Raid in which airmen - recruited here - responded to Pearl Harbor with a surprise attack.
Another special guest for the event will be author and memoirist Jonna Doolittle Hoppes who will sign copies of her popular books, Calculated Risk – an intimate look at her famous grandparents – as well as Just Doing Our Jobs, another look at life during the WWII era. Santa Monica Press published both titles.
Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the SC State Museum, Pilot Shannon will speak about his WWII experiences and Jonna Hoppes will conduct a book signing. This event is free to the public.
Friday evening Jimmy Doolittle’s granddaughter will be the featured speaker during a 7 p.m. ticketed dinner at The Hall at Senate’s End (320 Senate Street). Hoppes will talk about growing up with revered grandparents, the poignant research process that dredged up long-settled emotions, and her memories of Jimmy and Joe.
Proceeds from the fund-raising dinner will support SCHAF’s initiatives to restore perhaps the state’s largest artifact representing the WWII era, a rare B-25C that ditched into Lake Greenwood on D-Day and remained there for 39 years. SCHAF formed late last year to prevent the Mitchell bomber from being sold to out-of-state interests. More info about this event and tickets are available at the SCHAF phone or email contact at the end of this article or thru the SCHAF web site. Tickets are $50 or $40 for SCHAF members.
According to SCHAF President C. Cantzon Foster II, “This plane represents a time in this state’s history when we were allied together for freedom. We just couldn’t stand by and let it leave South Carolina. It still has stories of history and sacrifice to tell future generations.”
The iconic plane along with a WWII C-47 airplane will be on public view Saturday, June 18 outside the Eagle Aviation Hangar, Hamilton Owens Airport, between 10 a.m. and noon. Shelton noted that informal walks around the planes will be given, “and WWII aviation veterans – some with ties to the Doolittle legacy - will be there to share first-hand accounts and put history into context.”
The morning also will feature a reunion of former Explorer scouts who worked on the B-25s first restoration, in the 1980s. SCHAF archivist Larry Yon, then scout leader of those Explorers, said: “A number of Explorers who worked on that plane were inspired to follow career paths into aviation, so they can speak from experience to today’s young people considering aviation as a vocation.”
A special appearance by flying members of the Carolinas’ chapter of the Ninety-Nines will be another highlight of the morning. SCHAF board member Xen Motsinger explained the Ninety-Nines formed in 1929 for the mutual support and advancement of women pilots.
“The group was named for the 99 – out of 117 female pilots licensed at that time – who attended that first meeting, or expressed interest in being part of the group.” Motzinger, a member of the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame, noted Amelia Earhart was a charter member. “She signed the log book at the Curtiss Wright Hangar, right here at Hamilton Owens.”
SCHAF board member Rachel Haynie said, “Participation by the Carolinas Chapter, Ninety-Nines, will broaden the morning’s scope. We hope women, especially young woman and girls interested in aviation will come out and meet these contemporary female aviators.”
Living History static displays also will be a feature of the morning. According to SCHAF treasurer and media coordinator Gary Byrd, “Columbians always respond positively to opportunities for revisiting this era of the state’s history. We look forward to introducing them to the plane and to membership in the organization.” Byrd is a founding member of Twentieth Century South Carolina Volunteers as well as the Palmetto Battalion, both living history organizations. He also is a member of Warbirds Living History Group of EAA Warbirds of America.
Bruce Cotner of Military Timeline Impressions also will have WWII-era memorabilia on view. “Coming out for this free event will be a great way to gear up for Father’s Day,” said Cotner.
Foster said SCHAF will continue this multi-anniversary observance with an early December event. “Besides being Columbia’s 225th anniversary, the 100th year of flight in South Carolina, it’s also the 70th anniversary of CAAB. The base was militarized immediately after Pearl Harbor, and it will be SCHAF’s honor to bring awareness to that aspect of our shared military history.”
For additional information on any South Carolina Historic Aviation Week events, go to www.SCHistoricAviation.org or call 803-731-3254.
Upcoming SCHAF Special Event - June 17-18, 2011
Special SCHAF events featuring Jimmy Doolittle's granddaughter, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, as well as other WWII pilots whom were affiliated with the Doolittle Raiders.
Will also include attendance by and recognition of other WWII pilots and crewmen.
Return later for more details.
SCHAF Special Event- April 2, 2011
SC Historic Aviation Foundation adds to Honor Flight weekend
South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation’s rare WWII B–25, in adding a salute to veterans with free Saturday morning, April 2 programming on the weekend of Honor Flight of South Carolina’s tribute, to include a ticketed 2 p.m. concert Sunday, April 3 at the Township Auditorium.
Jeff Skiles Tour Stop At KCUB - March 26, 2011
EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairman Jeff Skiles, the famed copilot of “The Miracle On The Hudson” flight, will stop in Columbia on March 26, 2011, as part of his tour from Oshkosh,
to Sun ‘n Fun in Florida.
SCHAF will be displaying the B-25 at the all day event on March 26
and will be giving tours of the B-25 from 9am to 2pm.
SCHAF Special Event -
February 5th, 2011
Eagle Aviation’s maintenance hangar
1400 Jim Hamilton Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29205
B-25 pilot returns to set ditching record straight
Doolittle recruited in Columbia early February 1942
South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF), stewards of a legendary B-25 that ditched into Lake Greenwood more than six decades ago, is bringing back to Columbia the plane’s surviving pilot to re-introduce the Mitchell bomber to its public – the people of South Carolina.
In a series of short, informal tours Saturday, Feb. 5 – at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. – Col. Dan Rossman, Ret., will set straight the record regarding the plane and its D-Day fate. The iconic aircraft will be on view at Eagle Aviation’s maintenance hangar, Hamilton-Owens Airport.
The date SCHAF chose for this new and prospective members’ orientation is reminiscent of the plane’s place in history.
“Early in February 1942, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle appeared unannounced at Columbia Army Air Base (now Columbia Metropolitan Airport) to recruit volunteers for a highly secret mission,” said Cantzon Foster, SCHAF president.
“Doolittle held accountable for the mission’s secrecy all the volunteers he signed up at CAAB, but our mission today is no secret. We must preserve this piece of our shared history!” Foster said this first annual meeting of SCHAF will refresh the public’s memory regarding what is at stake.
The raid Doolittle led that April became Chapter One of the B-25’s enduring legacy. The plane became synonymous with Allied victory in all theatres of war in which it served. And CAAB became one of the largest B-25 training centers in the world. The B-25C now under SCHAF’s protection began its service record at CAAB and is believed the last remaining in-tact aircraft from that training fleet.
“The foundation is holding this open meeting to let citizens see the plane, and comprehend why we stepped forward to secure it for what we foresee as its future – as an ambassador for the state’s aviation legacy,” said Foster, a Columbia attorney in general practice.
“To have Col. Rossman as the plane’s spokesman Feb. 5 will give guests an opportunity not only to see the plane but also to meet the pilot tied most closely with its history.” Foster called Rossman “uniquely qualified to set the record straight.”
Rossman’s long-time friend Ron Shelton explained: “On D-Day – June 6, 1944 – Dan was the student pilot occupying the left seat as the plane dipped low above the surface of Lake Greenwood. But it was the instructor pilot who had the controls when the props touched the water, instantly disabling the aircraft.”
According to a long-disputed urban legend, the crew was flying low to check out sunbathers on the banks of Lake Greenwood. Shelton, SCHAF vice president for educational outreach and science curator emeritus of the South Carolina State Museum, said the crew’s assignment that day was to practice low-level passes. Participants in the Feb. 5 event will be able to meet Rossman in person and ask the decorated pilot what really happened.
Chapter 242, Experimental Aircraft Association – Palmetto Sports Aviation, will be grilling hamburgers; donations will be welcome. The event is free; however, participants are being asked to register for their preferred tour time – 11 a.m., noon, or 1 p.m., by emailing SCHAFmemberorientationfeb.email@example.com, by calling 803-731-0662, or visiting www.SCHistoricAviation.org
SCHAF Special Event -
February 5th, 2011
and National Boy Scout week
Former Explorer kicks off National Boy Scout Week by revisiting
historic plane he worked on in ‘80s
Robert Smith was an Explorer Scout and Airport High School student when he first laid eyes on the fragmented B-25 that went down in history on D-Day, then quickly sank to the bottom of Lake Greenwood.
“Our Post 15 was chosen to work on the recovered plane to begin the cleaning and corrosion-removal processes,” recalled Smith, then post president. “The aircraft’s wings were off, it had no landing gear and no propellers. We felt we were stepping back in time to a part of the state’s history we teenagers were unaware of.”
Smith will be reunited with the iconic Mitchell bomber Saturday, Feb. 5, during a member orientation at Hamilton-Owens Airport hosted by the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation. “I hope some others who were in the post will turn out as well,” said Smith, now employed by the South Carolina Department of Corrections. “What a great way this will be to kick off National Boy Scout Week!” (Note: Scout Sunday begins the week, Feb. 6-12.)
One of Smith’s lead advisors during the period his Explorer post assisted with the plane’s early restoration efforts was Larry Yon, then director of maintenance at the in-town airport, now a SCHAF founding board member. “We’ve kept in touch over the years – both advisors and scouts – and when I ran into Larry last week, he told me about SCHAF’s event to commemorate the date Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle came to town to begin recruiting for his secret mission.” (Note: B-25s were flown in the Tokyo Raid.)
A highlight of Saturday’s re-introduction of the plane will be walk-around tours, at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., led by the student pilot crewing on the plane when it ditched. “In addition to Lt. Col. Dan Rossman, whose hand I’ll enjoy shaking, I hope to talk with Frank Shumpert, one of the lead Midlands Aviation mechanics instrumental in the restoration project.”
Smith, who grew up near Columbia Metropolitan Airport where Columbia Army Air Base was located during WWII, has sustained his interest in aviation – after his Explorer Scout days – by attending military air shows. He now serves in the South Carolina National Guard as staff sergeant.
As post president, Smith came up with the idea for the Explorers to wear flight suits as their uniforms; a special patch differentiated scouts from active pilots. “I still have the patches and, for this event, will transfer them to a current flight suit which I will wear.”
Smith challenged members of former Post 15, later named Explorer Post 214 after the Baa Baa Black Sheep Squadron, to come out Saturday to see the plane SCHAF is gearing up to restore for 21st century South Carolinians.
Former Explorer Post 15 president Robert Smith is looking for others who worked on the B-25 with him: David McCall, Lance Franklin, Jim Rowe, Danny Stanton, Donald Kelly, John Patton III, Bonnie and Michael Gower, Lisa Hulon, Duke Baz, and Brenda Stroud.