Anniversary: The Doolittle Raid

On April 18th, 1942, a group of half-trained, inexperienced Americans did something insane–they launched land-based medium bombers from the deck of an aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet, & struck at the heart of the Empire of Japan.

A Flash animation of the raid.

The whole thing reads like a George Lucas/Star Wars sequel…but it’s true! :eek:

General Doolittle’s after action report–

There’s a little boy, wearing a baseball cap & gaping in wonder, deep down inside of me, & he comes out every time I read or hear about this.