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wayno7777
04-18-2006, 09:58 PM
The Dolittle Raid....
http://www.ccds.charlotte.nc.us/History/Japan/03/shklovsky/shklovsky.htm
http://mrosati.homestead.com/Doolittle.html

1942 Doolittle leads air raid on Tokyo


On this day in 1942, 16 American B-25 bombers, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet 650 miles east of Japan and commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, attack the Japanese mainland.

The now-famous Tokyo Raid did little real damage to Japan (wartime Premier Hideki Tojo was inspecting military bases during the raid; one B-25 came so close, Tojo could see the pilot, though the American bomber never fired a shot)--but it did hurt the Japanese government's prestige. Believing the air raid had been launched from Midway Island, approval was given to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's plans for an attack on Midway--which would also damage Japanese "prestige." Doolittle was eventually awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A book describing the raid, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted Lawson, was adapted into a film starring Spencer Tracy in 1944.

wayno7777
04-18-2006, 09:58 PM
The Dolittle Raid....
http://www.ccds.charlotte.nc.us/History/Japan/03/shklovsky/shklovsky.htm
http://mrosati.homestead.com/Doolittle.html

1942 Doolittle leads air raid on Tokyo


On this day in 1942, 16 American B-25 bombers, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet 650 miles east of Japan and commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, attack the Japanese mainland.

The now-famous Tokyo Raid did little real damage to Japan (wartime Premier Hideki Tojo was inspecting military bases during the raid; one B-25 came so close, Tojo could see the pilot, though the American bomber never fired a shot)--but it did hurt the Japanese government's prestige. Believing the air raid had been launched from Midway Island, approval was given to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's plans for an attack on Midway--which would also damage Japanese "prestige." Doolittle was eventually awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A book describing the raid, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted Lawson, was adapted into a film starring Spencer Tracy in 1944.

ForkTailedDevil
04-18-2006, 10:20 PM
I think it is interesting that no one talks about the revenge the Japanese took on the Chinese after the raids. In the book "Flyboys" it was stated that the Japanese tracked down every Chinese they could find that had helped the Americans and tortured and killed them. In the end I have heard over 250,000 Chinese civillians died as a direct result of the bombing. Funny how our allies were punished more than our enemies just for morale.

wayno7777
04-18-2006, 10:28 PM
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Runway/9601/14thaf.html

woofiedog
04-18-2006, 11:33 PM
Excellent posting. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Link: http://www.doolittleraider.com/raid_photos.htm

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http://www.doolittleraider.com/images/h53287.jpg

http://www.doolittleraider.com/images/B25_over_tokyo003.jpg