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  Doolittle Raid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The raid, however, had its roots in the mind of Navy Captain Francis Low, who early in the war predicted that, under the right conditions, twin-engined Army bombers could be successfully launched from an aircraft carrier.
Immediately following the raid, Jimmy Doolittle told his crew that he believed the loss of all 16 aircraft, coupled with the relatively minor damage the planes had inflicted on their targets, had rendered the attack a failure, and that he expected a court martial upon his return to the United States.
Instead, the raid bolstered American morale to such an extent that Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Roosevelt and promoted two grades to Brigadier General, skipping the rank of colonel.
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 The Doolittle Raid
In the morning Doolittle found a Chinese peasant who brought him to a Chinese officer who initially refused to believe his fantastic story, but eventually agreed to let him call the Chinese headquarters, and they delivered the message to Washington that the Doolittle raid was a success.
The Japanese army massacred the civilian population in the regions of the bomber landings as a punishment.
The Doolittle raid proved that Yamamoto was right, and that led to the Japanese attack at Midway, which was intended to draw the American aircraft carriers to a decisive battle and sink them.
www.2worldwar2.com /doolittle-raid.htm   (1470 words)

 The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders - R.O. Joyce Memorial Site
The Raid was a total secret to all involved and the members of the raid were chosen by volunteering for a "dangerous secret mission".
The full impact of the raid on the minds of the Japanese military leaders and its consequent influence on the course of the war in the Pacific were not realized until long after that conflict.
The Doolittle Raiders were the first and last to fly land-based bombers from a carrier deck on a combat mission and first to use new cruise control techniques in attacking a distant target.
www.doolittleraider.com   (1898 words)

 Doolittle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Doolittle is the Pixies' second full-length album, released in March 1989.
Eliza Doolittle, a fictional young street vendor of flowers, is the title character of the play Pygmalion and of the musical comedy My Fair Lady (and several films versions of each of them); her father, Alfred Doolittle, a navvy (or unskilled laborer), is also a character in these.
General Jimmy Doolittle (James Harold Doolittle) commanded (as a colonel) the 1942 Doolittle Raid, bombing Tokyo less than five months after the Attack on Pearl Harbor that marked the United States' official entrance into World War II.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Doolittle   (251 words)

 Air Power:Jimmy Doolittle — Aviation Star
Doolittle was an amateur boxer studying mining in college when he quit to join the Air Service during World War I. He was taught to fly and spent the war as an instructor.
Doolittle might have been able to fly anything that had wings, but he was happy to walk away from the Gee Bee, calling it the most dangerous plane he had ever flown.
Doolittle was advanced two grades to brigadier general the day after the raid and also received the Medal of Honor.
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 Doolittle Raid: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Doolittle Raid was a bomber raid launched by the United States[For more facts and a topic of this subject, click this link] on the Japan Japan quick summary:
The raid was planned and led by then Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle[For more facts and a topic of this subject, click this link], EHandler: no quick summary.
The raid was made possible by a technical observation of Captain Francis Low that twin-engined bombers could be launched from an aircraft carrier Aircraft carrier quick summary:
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/d/do/doolittle_raid.htm   (2103 words)

 North American B-25 Mitchell -- Chapter 5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
James Doolittle was not the originator of the Tokyo raid concept.
Doolittle at first told his crews that he thought that the mission had been a total failure and that he expected a court martial upon his return to the USA.
For the 25th anniversary of the Doolittle raid, B-25D-30 43-3374 (a former F-10 reconnaissance ship) was converted into a replica of Lt. Col.
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 Wings of Valor II- The Doolittle Tokyo Raid
Doolittle realized that the probability of at least one of his airplanes being shot down over Japan was quite high, posing the risk that the top-secret Norden bombsight might fall into enemy hands.
Doolittle originally planned to load eighteen of his bombers for the mission, but as each airplane was lifted by crane and tied to the fantail of the carrier, the deck grew increasingly smaller.
Doolittle rued the loss of all sixteen of his bombers and his failure to complete the second half of his mission: delivery of an intact American bomber squadron to Chungking.
www.homeofheroes.com /wings/part2/01_doolittle.html   (14197 words)

 DefenseLINK News: 'Doolittle Goblets' Find New Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" were volunteer airmen from the U.S. Army Air Forces, the predecessor of the U.S Air Force, who on April 18, 1942, flew 16 B-25 Mitchell airplanes in an attack against Japan during World War II.
Dick Cole, Doolittle's co-pilot during the raid on Japan, built a portable display case to transport the goblets to the raiders' annual reunions.
The general said the Doolittle Raiders define what it means to be an airman, and their legacy serves as an inspiration.
www.pentagon.gov /news/Apr2006/20060420_4875.html   (681 words)

 Doolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942
Doolittle, was the most daring operation yet undertaken by the United States in the young Pacific War.
The raid had its roots in a chance observation that it was possible to launch Army twin-engined bombers from an aircraft carrier, making feasible an early air attack on Japan.
An Army Air Forces B-25B bombers awaits the takeoff signal on the flight deck of USS Hornet (CV-8), as the raid is launched, 18 April 1942.
www.history.navy.mil /photos/events/wwii-pac/misc-42/dooltl.htm   (938 words)

 B-25 Mitchell Bomber, "Heavenly Body"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Doolittle, who was already a famous aviator as a result of his exploits with racing aircraft.
Doolittle would lead a picked crew of aviators who would launch an attack against the Japanese home islands from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.
A chance encounter with a Japanese picket boat forced the raid to be launched at a distance greater than the 400 miles offshore that had originally been planned and ten hours ahead of schedule in a rough sea.
www.b25.net   (3484 words)

 Doolittle Raid History
When the news of the raid reached the United States, the sixteen crews, referred to as the "Doolittle Raiders", were revered as heroes, and American moral soared.
Following the Doolittle Raid, many of the crews were forced into hiding in Japanese occupied China.
When in China, Col. Doolittle thought he might face a court-martial upon his return to the United States, because he feared the mission might be seen as a disaster because of his decision to make an early takeoff.
www.eaglefield.net /doolittlesyn.htm   (1139 words)

 Sixty Years Ago Today, The Daring Doolittle Raid
While the actual damage done by Doolittle’s Raid was slight, the raid had the desired effect of simultaneously boosting American morale while damaging that of the Japanese.
The Doolittle Raid also caused the diversion of four Japanese Army fighter-plane groups, urgently needed elsewhere, into defense of the homeland, which wouldn’t actually be attacked again for many months.
The original HORNET (CV-8) of the Doolittle raid was sunk by Japanese carrier aircraft at the Battle of Santa Cruz during the Guadalcanal campaign.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/671429/posts   (2436 words)

 SpecWarNet Case Study - The Doolittle Raid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One of their plans was a daring raid on the Japanese homeland; despite the fact that there were no bases close enough for US Aircraft to launch from.
Doolittle had the perfect experience for the job; he had been a famed air racer and had helped developed instrument flying; techniques used to this day when flying in clouds or bad weather.
Jimmy Doolittle is presented with a medal by the Captain of the Hornet.
www.specwarnet.com /miscinfo/doolittle.htm   (2434 words)

 ipedia.com: Jimmy Doolittle Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
James Harold Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was a United States Army general who fought in World War I and World War II, and was the commander of the famous Doolittle Raid.
Doolittle was one of the most famous pilots during the inter-war period.
Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor for accomplishing this mission, which is viewed by historians as a major public-relations victory for the United States.
www.ipedia.com /jimmy_doolittle.html   (554 words)

 Doolittle's Raid
The Hornet's planes were intending to carry out their raid under cover of darkness, but Admiral William Halsey, whose nickname "Bull" had not been bestowed lightly, gave the order to launch at once -- wind, wave, and daylight be damned.
Leading the attack was an unflappable test pilot, Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle; his was the first of the lumbering bombers to catapult down the heaving deck.
The Doolittle raid had been his pet project, and he was exultant with the news.
www.worldwar2history.info /Midway/Doolittle.html   (486 words)

 Doolittle Raiders Reunion The Raid-The Risk-The Reunion part-1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Operating under sealed orders as part of US Navy Task Force 16, which included the carrier USS Enterprise and the cruiser USS Nashville; they were but a handful of ships and aircraft sailing in harm's way; en route to a critical confrontation with the Japanese.
Two thousand feet over Tokyo —; flying low-level to avoid a veritable bee hive of anti-aircraft batteries and Japanese fighter activity — the Mitchell bombers and their crews were the first to unleash our nation's fury on Japan.
The Doolittle Raiders struck military and industrial targets that included an oil refinery, a steel mill, and several power plants.
www.aafo.com /library/history/doolittle/g1   (335 words)

 Ahoy - Mac's Web Log-Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Doolittle's B-25 Raid on Japan. 18th. of April 1942.-
It so happened that Tokyo had been on an air raid alert, a mock air raid had been carried out by Japanese aircraft, and the actual B-25 raid followed so closely, that it was really all over before the Japanese began to realise that they were under an attack from an enemy air raid.
Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Doolittle was soon promoted to Brigadier General, and awarded the Medal of Honor, and twenty three of his crewmen were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, how these were selected from the total number involved is a mystery.
This daring raid, boldly planned and executed, although it did little material damage to Japanese cities, it became difficult for the Japanese high command to explain away, but it provided a great morale boost for the people of America, and her Allies, at a time when very little was running in their favour.
www.ahoy.tk-jk.net /macslog/Doolittle_sB-25Raid.html   (910 words)

 The Perilous Fight . Doolittle Raid & Midway | PBS
Two of the Doolittle raiders came down in enemy territory and three crewmen were executed.
The raid caused minor damage, but the psychological effect, on both the Americans and the Japanese, was incalculable.
Film of the raid was widely distributed; 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1943), was a bestseller.
www.pbs.org /perilousfight/battlefield/doolittle_raid_midway   (373 words)

 The Doolittle Raid 1942 Book Review by John Prigent ((Osprey Publishing)
Most of us know of the Doolittle Raid but few of us know much more than that US bombers hit Tokyo very rapidly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
The results of the raid were not particularly significant in terms of damage to Japanese factories, but their psychological impact was considerable in both countries.
This really was a raid with an effect far out of proportion to the forces used.
misc.kitreview.com /bookreviews/doolittleraidbookreviewjp_1.htm   (373 words)

 Medal of Honor Recipients on Film: James H. Doolittle
Doolittle led a special strike force of sixteen B-25 Mitchell medium bombers launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (a feat for which neither the bombers nor the carrier were designed) to strike the Japanese mainland in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.
Doolittle was a flight instructor during the First World War, and remained in the reserves while attaining his Masters and PhD in aeronautical engineering at MIT and then flying for the aviation division of Shell Oil.
Although the film dwelt heavily on Lawson's relationship with his wife, Spencer Tracy's Doolittle was a major character in the film and it did cover the preparations, raid and aftermath with as much detail and accuracy as could be given considering that the war was still going on at the time.
www.users.voicenet.com /~lpadilla/doolittle.html   (607 words)

 The Doolittle Tokyo Raid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Doolittle, the commander of the Tokyo Raid, are from an interview done in 1980.
The raid was carefully planned, nothing was left to chance.
Doolittle then considered what to do if the task force was spotted by the Japanese.
www.wpafb.af.mil /museum/features/trvideo.htm   (816 words)

 Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo
Although the damage done in the actual raid was insignificant, it shattered the confidence of the Japanese military and its people.
The Tokyo Raid caused Japan to expand its defensive perimeter well beyond the point where it would maintain its effectiveness, as well as leading to such battles as the Battle of Midway, which basically obliterated the powerful Imperial Navy.
While the Japanese were celebrating their victory at Pearl Harbor, the United States and its allies began plans for a retaliatory strike against the Japanese.
www.angelfire.com /ia/totalwar/DoolittleRaid.html   (922 words)

 eBay - doolittle raid, Nonfiction Books, Models, Kits items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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 Doolittle Raid
And while the raid inflicted only minimal strategic damage, its shock value likely sparked the decision by the Japanese High Command to launch an offensive into the central Pacific that resulted in the Battle of Midway, the turning point of the war against Japan.
Doolittle was often at odds with his boss, General Dwight Eisenhower, who directed him to curtail his flying in order to devote more time tending to a general’s business.
Doolittle, in turn, donated the cognac to the goblet collection with the stipulation that the last two surviving Raiders would open it to drink a final toast to their departed comrades.
www.ghspaulding.com /doolittle_raid.htm   (4042 words)

 The Doolittle Raid: April 18, 1942
Intended as revenge for Pearl Harbor, and an act of defiance in the face of a triumphant Japanese military, such a raid presented acute problems in execution.
There, on a nearby airfield, was painted the outline of a carrier, inspiring Lowe to pursue the possibility of launching ground-based bombers - large planes, with far greater range than carrier-based bombers - from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
The next afternoon, Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle and his crew would take off alone, arrive over Tokyo at dusk, and drop incendiary bombs, setting fires to guide the remaining bombers to their targets.
www.cv6.org /1942/doolittle/doolittle.htm   (957 words)

 www.DoolittleRaid.com - Home page of The Doolittle Raiders Remembered
The Doolittle Raiders attacked military and industrial targets in several Japanese cities and their surprise attack on the previously untouched home island of Japan is considered by many historians to be a primary cause of the Japanese decisions that let to the Battle of Midway during which the Japanese lost four aircraft carriers.
Three of the Raiders died within a day of the raid as a result of a crash landing and a parachute failure (or too little altitude) and eight were imprisoned by the Japanese.
Their leader, Jimmy Doolittle, continued his brilliant career in the service of our country as the commander of the 12th Air Force and then the 8th Air Force which contributed a great deal to the Allied victory in Europe.
www.doolittleraid.com   (923 words)

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