Remembering The Doolittle Raiders

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Crew No. 1

Crew No. 1 of the Doolittle Raiders (L-R): Lt. Henry A. Potter, navigator; Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, pilot; SSgt. Fred A. Braemer, bombardier; Lt. Richard E. Cole, co-pilot; SSgt. Paul J. Leonard, flight engineer/gunner (source)

Tuesday, April 18th marked the 75th anniversary of World War II’s “Doolittle Raid”.  Taking place just 4 months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. James Doolittle – the lead pilot and mastermind behind the mission – and 79 other men took off in their B-25 bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet to launch an air attack on Tokyo, endeavoring not only to raise Americans’ morale but also to show Japan just what U.S. firepower was capable of.  Take a look at the recently released colorized photos of all 16 Raider crews, and be sure to watch the following video to learn a little about these heroic men and the impact their daring mission would have on the course of the war.

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