Calculated Risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This fantastic book written by Jimmy Doolittle's Grandaughter is signed by the following Doolittle Raiders

 Staff Sergeant David J. Thatcher

 

Flight Engineer and Gunner On Harold Watsonís B-25 plane number 9. After the raid transferred to North Africa and England.

 

Major Thomas C. Griffin

 

Navigator on Watsons plane number 9, attacked a factory on Tokyo bay in Kawasaki. Arrived back in the US in June 1942. Flew combat in North Africa, shot down and captured in July 1943, Pow.

 

Major General David M. Jones

 

Captain and pilot of B-25 plane number 5, attacked the waterfront of Tokyo. After the raid he flew Martin B-26ís in North Africa before being shot down and taken prisoner in Germany for the duration.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Cole

 

Co-pilot of Jimmy Doolittles B-25 plane number 1, attacked the city of Tokyo and bailed out over China. Remained in China flying bombing missions over the hump.

 

S/Sgt. Edwin W. Horton

 

His mission was to serve as a turret gunner on Crew 10 during the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Due to a tail wind, Crew 10's plane made it over the range and the crew bailed out with Engineer Gunner with Sergeant Horton going first out the rear hatch of the plane. He recalled when the lieutenant gave the order to jump, he said, "Ok lieutenant, here I go and thanks for a swell ride."

The raid, which occurred on April 18, 1942, approximately four months after Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, was the brainchild of then Lt. Col. Jimmie Doolittle. Sixteen crews took off the USS Hornet to strike the Japanese homeland's military and industrial targets. This was the first time in history that a plane as large as a B-25 was able to successfully take-off from an aircraft carrier. The raiders were forced to launch early, due to a Japanese fishing trawler spotting the carrier. Instead of hitting Japan under the cover of darkness, the targets were lit by daylight and there was not enough fuel on board for the aircraft to make it to their rally point in China. A brilliant read, and great investment for the future.

 

 

 

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