Colonel Doolittle and his raiders takeoff from the USS Hornet for bombing raid over Tokyo, Japan
Pacific Ocean Date:1942, April 18 Duration:2 min 30 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Empennage of a B-25 Mitchell bomber is seen bearing tail number: 40-2268. Camera pans across flight deck of the USS Hornet (CV-8) filled with B-25 Mitchell bombers preparing to depart on a bombing raid over Tokyo Japan, during World War 2. Two pilots stand in front of a bomber, conversing. Crew members pull props through on some aircraft. Many aircrew are seen amongst the aircraft. Scene shifts to view, from upper deck, of engines being started on the B-25s. Copilot seen in one of the cockpits. Camera pans from bow to stern showing flight deck filled with B-25s. The first aircraft (flown by Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle) performs a short-run takeoff, with nose high, easily clearing the deck before reaching it's end. Several others follow, making the same steep takeoffs.
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