Help Bring The Devil Dog Home.

by on September 8, 2009

Stranded in Oshkosh

Stranded in Oshkosh

The following is posted on behalf of Beth Jenkins, the first woman in the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) to become type rated as pilot-in-command for a B-25.

The Devil Dog needs your help. After being grounded for 23 months to overhaul the right engine, and take care of some corrosion issues in the tail section, the Devil Dog proudly flew to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for AirVenture 2009, the largest air show in the United States. She performed beautifully, and thrilled many spectators with her proud history. But when we fired her up for the return trip, she let us know that she just wasn’t up to the flight home. Unfortunately, Medicare is not an option, so we need to raise $75,000 to get her left engine overhauled. The sooner we can accomplish this, the sooner we can get the Devil Dog home to Georgetown. Think of it: the Devil Dog has never seen the snow, and the thought of her sitting out in the cold, through a long Wisconsin winter, with snow and ice piling up on her fuselage and wings . . . well, it’s is hard to imagine. Don’t leave her out in the cold! Once we have the Devil Dog back home in Georgetown, we can continue with the restoration, giving her a new interior and a fresh coat of paint. But to do that, we have to get her a new engine, and fly her back home to warm and sunny Texas.  We need your help with this Dog from head to paw. She’s only 65 years old, so the Devil Dog is much too young to retire. She has many more history lessons to teach about how our fathers and fore fathers fought for and won the freedoms we enjoy today. But before she can continue her mission, the Old Gal needs some work, and the first thing she needs is an overhaul of her left engine. This worthwhile project can only be accomplished with the support of others. We’re asking you to help, and have set up have several levels in which you can participate. You, your family, business or civic organization can be a big help–no donation is too big or too small.  For more information you can go to www.devildogsquadron.com. Please join us! Thank you for giving history a future!!  The Devil Dog (PBJ-1J) is the U.S. Marines’ version of the B-25 World War II medium bomber.

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Daniel Russ September 9, 2009 at 4:09 am

I hope we get her home. Then leave her in a hangar and stop flying the plane so we can preserve her for posterity.

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