Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 18, 2014

A.C. history by Enfys McMurry


The Daily Iowegian

---- — April 18, 1942: There was a raid in the Pacific on April 18 that was morale boosting for Americans. It was four months and 10 days after Pearl Harbor. Eighty crewmen in 16 B-25s, led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, took off from an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Hornet, 650 miles from the Japanese coast, on a potential suicide mission to bomb Tokyo. With the B-25s’ limited range, the planes could not hope to return. The bombs were dropped on Tokyo and four other Japanese cities. The planes then flew on, some to the safely of China, some crash landing, some crewmen bailing out, some captured. As they left the Hornet, escort planes flew part way. The pilot of one, flying his F4F Grumman Wildcat fighter, was Centerville’s ace pilot, Johnny Talbot. (416-417)