History Class: Doolittle Raid
To commemorate the success of the American Airpower Museum's 'Miss Hap' participation in the Doolittle Raid Reunion event in Ohio last week, as proud sponsors, we at Cockpit USA want to give the history behind the WWII air raid. The historic day commenced on April 18 1942 as sixteen U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bombers took to the skies from the USN's aircraft carrier, USS Hornet in the Western Pacific Ocean on a mission towards Japan. Planned and pioneered by Lieutenant Colonel James 'Jimmy' Doolittle, the raid was the first of its kind by the Americans on Japan during WWII and despite the little material damage it caused, the venture succeeded in raising national morale in the in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, proving Japan to be vulnerable counterparts. For your visual pleasure, we rooted through the archives and dug up an iconic image of a B-25 taking flight on that very day 70 years ago along with a photograph of the flight and ground team in front of the AAM's 'Miss Hap' B-25 just days ago.