Remembering the Doolittle Raiders

Sixty-nine years ago today, 80 American heroes took off from an aircraft carrier to strike a blow of retaliation for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. American bombers did not have the range for a round trip from the carriers they took off from. So the planes left on a one-way mission to bomb targets in Japan. James Doolittle wrote about the moment in his biography:

“America had never seen darker days. Americans badly needed a morale boost. I hoped we could give them that by a retaliatory surprise attack against the enemy’s home islands launched from a carrier… We would not return to the Hornet. After bombing our targets, we were to escape to China.”

–Jimmy Doolittle, I Could Never Be So Lucky Again, p. 2

3 Responses to Remembering the Doolittle Raiders

  1. John April 18, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    30 Seconds over Tokyo was an even better book on this raid.

  2. Murf April 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Awesome.

  3. yankeegospelgirl April 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Hey, I know this is OT, but speaking of remembering sacrifices, today is the 12th anniversary of Columbine.

    I just watched this video again and was very moved by it:

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