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Phantom88

War in Pictures,Doolittle Raid

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 On April 18 1942 one of the most daring and brave Naval and Air Operations commenced aboard The 

USS Hornet [CVN-8].America and President Roosevelt,still reeling after the surprise attack on  Pearl Harbor

were desperate for positive news on the war front.

 

Roosevelt and his Military advisors devised a battle plan that would strike deep in the heart of Japan.but 

it would be very,very risky.Lead by Lt Colonel James Doolittle The Tokyo Raid would call for 80 volunteer Air men and 16 Medium range  bombers,B-25B

Mitchell's,stripped of weaponry,radio equipment and even it's famed Norden Bomb sight to lighten weight

 to launch off the deck of The Hornet.The bombers were loaded with  4-500 lbs Bombs and a Collapsible 160 gallon fuel cell.

 

At 7:38 that morning The Hornet and her Task Force were spotted by a Japanese patrol boat some 650 miles short of their launch point.

The Task Force engaged the patrol boat and decided to launch the bombers with extra fuel in case a 

warning had been sent to The IJN by the patrol boat.

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I found a short video of real footage of The Raid and added some music,It was very hard to find one without a ton of propaganda.My intent for this post is to honor those 80 brave airmen on the 62 anniversary of their famed mission.

 


 

Thank You for taking the time to read/view this.I welcome all your feedback and comments.

 

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PATRICK!! You continue to amaze me.  Again, outstanding!!

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