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Travis attracted sports figures, entertainers

Jimmy Doolittle, a big name at Travis, led a raid on Japan on April 18, 1942.

During the 1950s Korean War, the biggest names in Hollywood and sports figures arrived at Travis Air Force Base to visit the wounded at the base’s hospital, and to perform at the passenger terminal building for departing soldiers, sailors, and Marines.

It turned Travis into a movie set for the motion picture “Starlift.”

Number 34 – 22nd Air Force.

Originally created and named the Domestic Division, Air Corps Transport Command early in World War II, its mission was to move new aircraft from the United States to ports for shipment to Great Britain and other overseas allies.

After the war it became part of the Air Transport Command, managing transport routes in the United States.

This was the squadron I was assigned to overseas and stateside for 13 years.

15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force

It was initially established in Nov. 1943 as the 15th Air Force under the command of General Jimmy Doolittle, whose mission was to attack targets throughout southern Europe, ranging as far as Poland.

After the war it was moved to Colorado and then to March Air Force Base, where its subordinate squadrons were involved in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

As a result of the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, it was re-designated the 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force until it was inactivated in 2012. Many Letcher County boys were in these planes.

(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Cal.)

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