Doolittle's Raid

By: Austen Stenrud

Jimmy Doolittle

  • Educated in Nome, Alaska

  • Enlisted as a FLying Cadet on October 6, 1917

  • Got his BA degree in 1922

  • His MS degree 2 years later

  • Flew demonstration and experimental flights in S. America “1926 and 1928”(on leave)

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The Start of Doolittle's Raid

  • Japanese surprised attacked the Pearl Harbor
  • Killed over thousands of men and thousands were wounded
  • 20 naval dissels, 8 battleships, and 300 airplanes
  • This day will never be forgotten (December 7, 1941)
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The Beginning of Doolittle's Raid

  • April 18, 1942
  • America wanted to fight back after Pearl Harbor
  • 80 men volunteered to fight
  • Flew the 16 B-25 bombers off USS Hornet
  • Launched a day early spotted by Japanese troll boats
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The AfterMath of Doolittle's Raid

  • 3 men died
  • 8 captured by the Japanese
  • 15 planes crashed
  • the 16th plane landed in Russia
  • 5 cities were bombed
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The Goblets

  • 80 goblets
  • Read names upside down or right side up
  • In memory of the men
  • In a trophy case guarded by 2 airmen
  • Right side up means that they are still alive
  • Upside down means that they are dead
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Reunion's

  • Held for all living volunteers
  • Started 1945
  • Skipped 1946
  • After that they were held
  • The last one was held in 2013 for 2 of the soldiers
  • April 17-20, 2013 Fort Walton Beach in Flordia
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The 2 Soldiers Left

  • Lt. Col Edward Saylor--- 1-28-2015(94)
  • Lt. Col Robert Hite--- 3-29-2015 (95 was ill so didn't go)
  • Lt. Richard Cole (99 today- turns 100 on Labor Day)
  • Staff Sgt. David Thatcher (93 today)
  • Went to the reunion in 2013
  • Doolittle died in 1993 (96)
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