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B-25B Mitchell Doolittle Raiders - Signed by Dick Cole Doolittle Raider 

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B-25B Mitchell Doolittle Raiders - Signed by Dick Cole Doolittle Raider

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Dick Cole poses with a bust of famed Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, for whom Cole developed "the highest order of respect" as mission commander. (Senior Airman Brian Ferguson/U.S. Air Force)

On April 18, 1942, little more than four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 80 airmen in 16 modified North American B-25B Mitchell bombers lifted off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the northwest Pacific bound for targets in Japan. The operation marked the first Allied retaliatory strike on the Japanese Home Islands. To plan the daring mission U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold had tapped Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, the famed air racer, test pilot and aeronautical engineer. Doolittle piloted the lead plane from Hornet. His co-pilot was 26-year-old Lieutenant Richard E. “Dick” Cole. Neither Doolittle nor any of his men had flown a single combat mission. Cole, 98, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders, recently spoke with Military History about the bold raid and its surprising aftermath.

The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation (NAA). It was named in honor of Major General William "Billy" Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. Used by many Allied air forces, the B-25 served in every theater of World War II and after the war ended many remained in service, operating across four decades. Produced in numerous variants, nearly 10,000 Mitchells rolled from NAA factories. These included a few limited models, such as the United States Marine Corps' PBJ-1 patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces' F-10 reconnaissance aircraft and AT-24 trainers. The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942, was an air raid by the United States of America on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu 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 Sunday, December 7, 1941, and provided an important boost to American morale. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" DoolittleUnited States Army Air Forces.

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Jimmy Doolittle Japan Raid, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, 1942 (09:55)
A collection of pictures in video format and historic film clips by "mikeminnesota" showing Doolittle's mission to attack Tokyo at the beginning of the Pacific war after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. MIlitary taking part of the raid included Low, Halsey, Duncan, and Marc Mitscher Admiral of Hornet CV-8. Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25 Mitchell Bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8). The Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942, was the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese home island during World War II. The mission was notable since it was the only time in U.S. Military history that United States Army Air Forces bombers (16 modified B-25B bombers) were launched from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier on a combat mission. The raid demonstrated that the Japanese home islands were vulnerable to Allied air attack, and it provided an expedient means for U.S. retaliation for Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. For an interview of John Kemp, who worked with the launch officer during the raid and all durning the war go to "Don Kemp launches Doolittle airplane raid interview" http://youtu.be/yWh29b4uwRQ The Waterloo Cedarfalls newspaper after seeing this video did an interview of Don Kemp here is the link to the newspaper article http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/waterloo-sailor-did-a-lot-for-doolittle/article_bf48f96b-6380-5684-94b4-98a977c76b42.html ALL ABOUT MIKEMINNESOTA mikeminnesota has some 90+ travel-log & educational youtube videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/mikeminnesota/videos Several of the travel videos are of Norway, both Nordland and Southern Norway. One of my best norway videos is of my great grandparents hometown Bodo, Nordland, near Lofoten Islands http://youtu.be/3KbqvMfL7bA You are free to go to my personal home page "mikeminnesota.com" http://home.comcast.net/~mwick4249/site/?/home/ with my family immigration history, Northern Norway lag (Nordlandlaget) Stevne 2013 http://home.comcast.net/~mwick4249/site/?/page/Nordlandslaget_2013_Stevne_Agenda/ N-AGA, Links to my Videos, Sons of Norway Lodge Norsota 1-602 http://home.comcast.net/~mwick4249/site/?/page/Sons__of__Norway_Norsota_1-602_Apple_Valley_Minnesota/&PHPSESSID=b19e61aa61546afdd3aea8f85ca7168e and more.
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