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A Pair of World War II Veterans of the Pacific

23 May 2014

A Pair of World War II Veterans of the Pacific

Ed Saylor, Doolittle Raider, and Ernie Cutler, former B-25H Mitchell pilot are enjoying their retirement. Contributor Gene Fioretti shared some recent photos of these two World War II veterans having breakfast at an diner known as The Kettle.

Ed Saylor’s story of saving his B-25 so it could fly on the Doolittle raid was written about here and he continues to stain glass as well as be interviewed. His latest interview was in pursuant to a Chinese piece being developed by Ms Melinda Liu who sent a film crew, as well.

Ernie Cutler is a thinker and notes that the B-25H he flew in the Southwest Pacific, under General Kenny, were not simply the highly successful “strafers” (as they were termed in the day) but the first of the Air Force’s gunships. Armed with several forward firing 0.50″ caliber machine guns and a 75mm cannon one does have to consider his point well.

Ed Saylor and Ernie Cutler — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ernie Cutler (L) and Ed Saylor (R) on their way to The Kettle — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor and Ernie Cutler — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ernie Cutler and Ed Saylor at The Kettle (Ed has just learned he is paying) — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor and Ernie Cutler — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor and film crew member converse — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor and Ernie Cutler — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor with the film crew from China — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor and Ernie Cutler — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor awaits camera set up in his living room — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor and Ernie Cutler — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ed Saylor with his latest stained glass Doolittle Raider interpretation of his own design as well as making — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ernie Cutler's B-25H Mitchell — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

Ernie Cutler’s B-25H Mitchell — photo provided by Gene Fioretti

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. michael owen permalink
    27 May 2014 15:13

    Where could I get information on why they used so many crew members to man each plane?

  2. shortfinals permalink
    21 June 2014 19:23

    Excellent piece, Joe…..here’s a little something I wrote on the ‘big gun’ B-25s http://shortfinals.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/b-25h-flying-artillery-for-the-pacific-and-cbi/

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 June 2014 07:23

      Ross … thanks so much! Your post answered the questions I had regarding the Mitchell armed with the 75mm cannon 🙂

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