Lt. Col. James Doolittle directs the Doolittle Raid on Japan and receives an award from Madam Chiang Kai-Shek.
Japan Date:1942, April 18 Duration:4 min 11 sec Sound:Yes
From a 1943 newsreel covering the Doolittle Raid on Japan in April 1942. United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) in Japanese waters. B-25 Mitchell medium bomber planes lined up on the deck of the carrier. Lt. Col. James Doolittle and Hornet skipper Captain Marc A Mitscher with the 80 volunteers seated near a 500lb bomb on board. He ties a Japanese medal (awarded to U.S. officers for humanitarian aid to Japanese people) on the bomb. The carrier in heavy seas 800 miles off the Japanese coast. A Japanese patrol boat is sighted and sunk. The survivors are taken prisoners. The crew readies the loaded bombers. General Doolittle in the cockpit as he leads the takes off. The planes take off in rough weather to bomb Japan. The Yokosuka Naval Base bombed and ablaze. The planes bomb armed plants, rail yards and oil refineries all over Japan. Soldiers examine a wrecked B-25 in Japan. U.S. pilots hold traditional Chinese umbrellas and pose with a Chinese man. Chongqing: Soong May-ling, better known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, awards General Doolittle and his men for the gallant raid.
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