Doolittle Raid

75 years ago, April 18, 1942, was the “Doolittle Raid,” so named after Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle, the man who “led” one of the most daring aviation “raids” in military history.

With “innovation, interservice cooperation and great secrecy,” 16 B-25B medium bombers left the deck of the carrier “USS Hornet” and set out on a surprise “attack” on the Japanese islands.

The actual “damage” caused by the bombing was “inconsequential,” but that we could “successfully” attack the Japanese Empire on their “home turf ” only four months after Pearl Harbor was “extraordinary.”

American “morale” was significantly boosted, and the Japanese were “compelled” to recall some of their “squadrons” operating in the Pacific to “defend” their homeland.

Each year, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole offers a toast in the memory of all the other “Doolittle Raiders who have since passed away.

Cole is 101 years old, the last “surviving” raider, and the “first” off the Hornet as Doolittle’s “co-pilot.”

James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American “aviation pioneer.”

Events like this would likely “trigger” most millennial college students if they had the “faintest” clue this had ever happened.

Many Millennial’s don’t play well with “reality” and resort to irrational and “infantile” behavior when their bubble is “burst,” but that’s more a “liberal” thing than a “generational” thing.

Why the Doolittle Raid Still Matters 75 Years Later


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