SBD Dauntless Receives New Plaque

This is an extension to our previous coverage on Tom Mohan’s “Honor Flight

Tom Mohan was in good spirits and health as he attended the September 2014 meeting of the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. In May 2014 he re-visited his WWII aircraft at the Spirit of St. Louis Airshow, which was filmed in conjunction with HEC-TV and Steve Schulte Photography. The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) ‘Dixie Wing’ located in Peachtree City, Georgia brought their SBD Dauntless and sat Tom backseat for a thirty minute flight. The event marked Mohan’s first return to the aircraft in nearly 72 years. Organized by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society, the story was watched nationwide and raised awareness of our remaining World War II veterans.

CAF members Dick Hyde and Charles Kennedy presented Tom with a plaque commemorating his service to the United States during World War II, and flight time with the SBD Dauntless. After a brief display in St. Louis, it will be returned to Georgia and applied to the Dauntless aircraft as a celebration of his brave service.

We like to thank the CAF Dixie Wing for all their hard work and efforts in recognizing America’s heros. You can find out more about their wing and the Commemorative Air Force by clicking here.

Click here for more photos of the event!



On Saturday, November 15th Tom’s Plaque was formally placed into the SBD Dauntless!