On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The Doolittle Raiders symbolize the bravery, determination and innovation of so many who helped America master the skies. Yesterday these heroic Airmen were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their volunteer service during World War…
DOLITTLE'S 4.18.42 TOKYO RAID: With flight deck personnel dropping to the deck to avoid its turning propellers, A north American B-25B Mitchell medium bomber starts its takeoff roll aboard USS Hornet (CV-8), 18 April 1942. (U.S. Navy)
Grave site at Arlington of General James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle, USAF. An American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid on Japan during the early months of the war while a lieutenant colonel.
On this day in 1942 (April 18, 1942) was the legendary Doolittle Raid. 4 months after Pearl Harbor, these brave men took off with only enough fuel to drop their payloads and get back. God bless them for what they did.