Today, April 18 (April 19, Japan time), is the 70th anniversary of one of the most daring, dangerous and heroic aircraft raids in American history.

The Washington Times:

Nothing like it had ever been done before. But faced with an enemy that already had proved its ability to strike the U.S. homeland, 80 brave men volunteered for what had all the makings of a suicide mission, its main purposes to satisfy a burning desire for revenge, to boost morale in the war’s darkest days and to demonstrate that the nation’s resolve remained as strong as steel.

It was barely four months after Japan’s infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and it was America’s first military strike against the Japanese homeland.

It was the “Doolittle Raid.”

If you don’t read anything else today, please read the story about this amazing military feat, but more importantly about the 80 brave men who took part in it — the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders –and about the five remaining survivors.

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  • IndyGuy

    I will have to watch “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” tonight. It’s amazing how they were able to get the B25’s off the flight deck of the USS Hornet. What a remarkable feat!

    • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist


      Thanks for the heads-up on the TV program tonight!

    • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

      Me again, IndyGuy

      If you are still there

      Can you tell me what channel and what time? (Thirty seconds over Tokyo)


  • dduck

    I am currently reading an interesting book on the Pacific War, titled, Unbroken, about the survivors of a downed B-24, that floated in a raft for 47 days and then the two survivors were captured by the Japanese and off to prison for them.

    The book mentions the Doolittle raid and the fact that the Japanese killed 250,000 Chinese civilians in retaliation for hiding the B-25 crew members.

  • slamfu

    Thanks for the heads up on this. I’m a bit of a WWII junkie, but I’d never heard of this story.

  • zephyr

    A 400 foot runway for those airplanes? Amazing…

    Also amazing the courage of those men.

  • dduck

    Written by the author of “SeaBiscuit”.

  • StockBoyLA

    Dorian, in response to your question for IndyGuy…. I don’t know when it’s on TV, however it seems the DVD is available from Netflix.

    Here’s the IMDb listing:

    • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

      Thanks, StockBoyLA