Jimmy Doolittle raiders: From one generation to another | Eagle-Eyed Editor

It’s an interesting thing to analyze how action by someone can be a crucial turning point in history. Sometimes it’s about a person just being in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the right time, or coming up with an idea that initially seems so improbable that it couldn’t possibly work, but it does.

The airborne raid led by pilot Jimmy Doolittle against Japan after Pearl Harbor was one of those seemingly improbable ideas. I’ve been reading James M. Scott’s Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle And The Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. The raid had many effects. It restored morale to the United States, destroyed Japan’s belief that they were invulnerable, and led to Japan’s decision to attack Midway, which would eventually create the circumstances for Japan’s defeat.

The movie “Pearl Harbor” touches on Doolittle’s raid near the end, but Scott’s book…

Source: Jimmy Doolittle raiders: From one generation to another | Eagle-Eyed Editor

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3 thoughts on “Jimmy Doolittle raiders: From one generation to another | Eagle-Eyed Editor

  1. This somewhat pointless raid was thought to be vital to let the American public know that Japan could be reached, and some form of revenge taken for the December attack. The boost for morale was no doubt considered to be worth the losses incurred, and the suffering of the survivors.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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