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Doolittle Raiders – 71 Years After Their Historic Tokyo Raid » Armchair General
Doolittle’s Raiders, 1942
Doolittle Raiders. The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on 18 April 1942, was an air raid by the US on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on Honshu island during World War II, the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands. It demonstrated that Japan itself was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
U.S. Army Air Corps Maj. Gen. James Doolittle fastens a medal on the tail of a 500-lb. bomb that he and the crew of sixteen B-25s dropped on Tokyo during a suprise raid on April 18, 1942. Doolittle and his crews' attack shocked the Japanese military establishment at a time when the Allies war effort in the Pacific seemed to be bad news following bad news from Bataan to Wake Island. (AP Photo/File)
World War II's surviving Doolittle Raiders make final toast. Three of four surviving members of Dolittle's Raid. Edward Saylor, Richard Cole, and David Thatcher
Tickets Available:  "A Tribute to Jimmy Doolittle"  Honoring the Leader of the Doolittle Raiders - 70th Anniversary of the daring Tokyo Raid  Saturday, May 5, 2012  onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Edward Saylor,a surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, answers questions from Hurlburt Field Airmen at the 319th Special Operations Squadron auditorium at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 18, 2013. The Doolittle Raid was the April 18, 1942 bombing over mainland Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Doolittle Raiders reunion gallery