IRMO FIRE PATCHES
Last shift a buddy stopped by my station with a gift. He brough two patches from his department in Irmo, SC. I was especially impressed with Engine 2’s patch. He then told me the back story on the patch which I though was well worth sharing.
The Story of B-25s at Lake Murray started with Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 in World War II. After declaring war against Japan, the United States military began planning a top-secret air raid mission against Japan. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle. Doolittle would later recount in his autobiography that the raid was intended to cause the Japanese to doubt their leadership and to raise American morale. The Doolittle Raid, on April 18, 1942, was the first air raid by the United States to strike a Japanese home island during World War II. Doolittle was a famous civilian aviator and aeronautical engineer before the war.
The 17th Bomb Group was chosen to provide the pool of crews from which volunteers would be recruited. At this point and throughout the training, the mission was still secret and the volunteers did not know their final mission. The 17th BG, then flying antisubmarine patrols from Pendleton, Oregon, was immediately moved cross-country to Lexington County Army Air Base near Columbia, South Carolina. This is the present day Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Lake Murray’s B-25
FOn April 4, 1943, a B-25 took off from the Army Air Base outside Columbia on a skip-bombing mission over the lake’s island targets. The crew ditched in the water about two miles west of Dreher Shoals Dam when the left engine lost power. It finally ended up at the bottom of Lake Murray, at a depth of 150 feet—too deep for the U.S. Army Air Forces to salvage it. It was written off as a loss.
The information above was borrowed from www.lakemurray-sc.com/lakemurrayb25