The Doolittle Raid was a bomber raid launched on the Japanese mainland on April 18, 1942. The raid — largely a propaganda and morale-building exercise — was planned and led by then Lieutenant Colonel James Harold Doolittle. The raid was made possible by a technical observation of Captain Francis Low that twin-engined bombers could be launched from an aircraft carrier. Subsequent tests appeared to prove that a B-25 Mitchell could be launched with a reasonable bomb load, hit targets in Japan and then fly on to land in China.
Ships and airplanesEdit
The Raiders in ChinaEdit
James Harold Doolittle wires Japanese (peace) medals to a bomb.
Crew #5 - (Plane #40-2283, target Tokyo) - Captain David M. Jones, pilot