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Doolittle Raid

On April 18, 1942, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led 16 American B-25 Mitchell bombers in a raid on Tokyo. The planes flew from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, and the raid was significant morale booster for the American people early in World War II. Although the Doolittle Raid inflicted only slight damage, the attack shook the highest echelons of the Japanese government and military establishment. Some of the raiders, including Doolittle, flew on to China after bombing the Japanese capital. Doolittle was among those who evaded capture. Three airmen were killed during the mission. Eight were captured by the Japanese, and three of these were executed. One crew landed in the Soviet Union and was interned.



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