Raid on Tokyo - Doolittle and Crew in China

Raid on Tokyo - Doolittle and Crew in China Famous Historical Events Famous People Film Government Aviation & Space Exploration World History World War II American History

Lt. Col. James (“Jimmy”) Doolittle and his crew ran out of fuel after their bombing run over Japan’s home islands.

They were able to make it, safely, to China. This image depicts Doolittle in China, after his mission over Tokyo.

The U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command tells us more about this image:

Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, USAAF, (center) with members of his flight crew and Chinese officials in China after the 18 April 1942 attack on Japan.

Those present are (from left to right):

  • Staff Sergeant Fred A. Braemer, Bombardier;
  • Staff Sergeant Paul J. Leonard, Flight Engineer/Gunner;
  • General Ho, director of the Branch Government of Western Chekiang Province;
  • Lieutenant Richard E. Cole, Copilot;
  • Lt.Col. Doolittle, Pilot and mission commander;
  • Henry H. Shen, bank manager;
  • Lieutenant Henry A. Potter, Navigator;
  • Chao Foo Ki, secretary of the Western Chekiang Province Branch Government.

After Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Empire's follow-up victories in the Pacific, Americans were discouraged. Doolittle and his fellow pilots did much to restore Americans' confidence in themselves, their country and their war efforts.

Some of the Doolittle Raiders, who ran out of fuel—as they fully expected could happen before they flew their planes off the ship—were captured, and executed, by the Japanese.

Click on the image for a much-better view.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 08, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Dec 09, 2016

Media Credits

Official U.S. Army Air Forces Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.



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