Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders (HMIDC)

Location: Riverside, OH 45431 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 46.802', W 84° 6.71'

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On 18 April 1942, Lt. Colonel James H. Doolittle led a successful bombing mission of military targets in principal cities of Japan along with 79 airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying 16 B-25 Mitchell land-based bombers. They took off from the U.S. Navy carrier Hornet and accomplished a feat believed impossible at this time.

The raid was not without casualties. The Carrier Task Force was intercepted by a Japanese picket boat and takeoff was made earlier than planned. Increased distance and head winds caused 15 aircraft to arrive over China in darkness and bad weather . All crews bailed out or ditched. One crewman died on bailout; two drowned. One B-25, low on fuel, headed for Russia and landed near Vladivostok where crew and aircraft were interned for 14 months.

Eight men were captured by the Japanese; three were executed by firing squad; and one died of beri-beri and malnutrion. The remaining four survived nearly 40 months of imprisonment until released by American troops in August 1945.

The major results of the Doolittle-led raid were fourfold. First the material damage, second was the severe psychological shock to the Japanese and a great boost to American morale. Third, Japanese land, sea, and air forces were recalled to protect the Japanese homeland; and fourth the battle of Midway was directly precipitated by the raid.

The mission is considered a classic in the annals of aerial warfare because of the daring use of Army land-based bombers from a carrier in joint operations with the Navy.
Placed ByDoolittle Toyko Raiders
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 747341 N 4407334
Decimal Degrees39.78003333, -84.11183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.802', W 84° 6.71'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 48.12" N, 84° 6' 42.60" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 Spaatz Cir, Riverside OH 45431, US
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