Academic journal article Air Power History

The Air Force Historical Foundation's Doolittle Award Will Be Received by the U.K.-Based 100th Air Refueling Wing

Academic journal article Air Power History

The Air Force Historical Foundation's Doolittle Award Will Be Received by the U.K.-Based 100th Air Refueling Wing

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On August 23, 2016 it was announced that one of the Air Force Historical Foundation's highest awards will be presented to the U.S. Air Force's 100th Air Refueling Wing during ceremonies on September 27 in the Washington, D.C. area.

This year's honor, named after renowned aviator James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, will mark the fifth time it has been awarded in recognition of a U.S. Air Force unit's significant contributions to air power history. The presentation will occur at 4:00 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, followed by a reception and banquet at the nearby Army Navy Country Club.

Operating today from Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base in Suffolk, England, the lOOth's historical roots began with its World War II ancestor: the 100th Bomb Group, a B-17 unit stationed at Thorpe Abbots, England. The Group inherited its "Bloody Hundredth" nickname due to the heavy losses it experienced on major missions, including the Regensburg-Schweinfurt raid in August 1943.

Beyond its World War II action, the 100th charted a remarkable history as a B-47 bomber emit, then as a reconnaissance wing during the Vietnam conflict and the Cold War, subsequently evolving to its current role as an air refueling wing. …

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