Destination Tokyo: A Pictorial History of Doolittle’s Tokyo Raid, April 18, 1942



Stan Cohen takes you back to America’s first major strike against Japan since Pearl Harbor, four months earlier. On April 18, 1942, after being spotted by a Japanese boat, Jimmy Doolittle and his 16 air crews took off from the USS Hornet to bomb Tokyo and other cities. It was a full 24 hours earlier than they had planned to launch, as well as hundreds of miles away from the intended launch point. Before they left, they all knew that with this sudden change in plans, they did not have enough fuel to fly all the way to friendly areas in China to land safely. They chose to go anyway.