Monday, April 17, 2017

Doolittle's Raid + 75

Jimmy Doolittle
IWM Duxford, UK

Seventy-five years ago on April 18, 1942 Jimmy Doolittle launched his famous Raid on Tokyo.  It was an event that fundamentally changed the war in the Pacific.

We wrote this in the Japan chapter of America Invades...

"Japan achieved strategic surprise attacking the United States fleet at anchor at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Some Americans, not realizing, how advanced Japan’s navy and air force had become, made the assumption that German pilots must have been involved. And Japan, in its onslaught in the East, would later launch attacks on American allies, such as the Philippines, and occupy American territory, such as Guam, Wake Island, and Alaska.

B-25B Mitchell

The American riposte to Pearl Harbor was the spectacular and very daring Doolittle Raid, which took place on April 18, 1942. Sixteen B-25B Mitchell aircraft were launched from the deck of the USS Hornet to bomb Tokyo and proceed to China afterwards. The raiders inflicted minimal physical damage, but the psychological impact was enormous as the Japanese felt compelled to initiate the disastrous (for the Japanese) Midway campaign to prevent future American air attacks on their homeland."

In the China chapter we also noted this...

"Most of the Doolittle Raiders of April 1942 landed in China where the Japanese authorities pursued them, killing hundreds of thousands of Chinese in the process."

Remember the heroism of the Doolittle Raiders whose actions changed our world.  And of all those who supported them.

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