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Thumbnail Filmstrip of B-25B Mitchell USA 1st Japan Strike 1942 1:72 Air Force 1 AF1-0111 Images
North American B-25B Mitchell Diecast Model
USAAF 17th BG Tokyo Raiders, #40-2344, Jimmy Doolittle and Richard Cole, USS Hornet, Doolittle Raid, April 18th 1942
On April 18, 1942, 16 B-25 bombers took off from the USS Hornet, the first fully-loaded bombers ever to take off from an aircraft carrier. Conceived as a way to boost the morale of a nation still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid consisted of the USAAF flying a number of B-25 Medium bombers off an aircraft carrier close to Japan, bombing Tokyo and then flying on to land in China. While material damage would be slight, the effect on morale back in America, and detrimentally in Japan, would be huge.