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Approaching the Gate to Destiny By William S. Phillips - Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's April 18, 1942 raid on Japan began with the loading of sixteen B-25s aboard a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS "Hornet," for the first time. Seen here is Task Force 16.2, sailing from San Francisco Bay on the beautiful sunlit morning of April 2, 1942.

General James "Jimmy" Doolittle (1896-1993) was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo on April 18, 1942 while still a Lieutenant Colonel.

William "Bull" Halsey (1882 - 1959) US admiral, important commander in the Pacific theater during World War II, his ships launched Doolittle's raid on Tokyo