S: Doolittle's Raid
BC: JASON SONG
1: I st | I ended up joining the army | I remember the day that Ellen and I met, during 1937 and 1938 I worked at the Douglas Plant 8 hours at night and went to school 8 hours during the day and in between classes Ellen would let me sleep in the library till the bell rang
2: By the time 1941 rolled around me and my crew were all experts at flying | USMC | We were itching for action
3: But we never expected that in December Pearl Harbor would be bombed, we had to retaliate and who better to turn to than Brigadier General Doolittle | What happened at Pearl was devastating | Type A Christian | Lawson Ted W. 123-45-6789 Alemeda, CA
4: Doolittle organized a plan to bomb japan back and soon i found myself volunteering for the job | The crew of the Raptured Duck
5: It took a of prep work and we didn't take just any recruits we went through rigorous training and we had to scrap most of the planes plating in order for us to make it to Japan
6: Taking off with a b-25 with about 1000 feet of runway was no easy task and we found we would have to bail our planes because of the lack of fuel | In total there were 24 crews
8: OUR HERO
9: All the prep work to get ready to fly an untested plane over 2000 miles came at a harsh toll for Ellen and I, I remember our first Christmas together we spent alone because my plane had crashed in a small farm town with less than a population of 100 people | I find myself thinking about how well this mission would turn out, we would be flying deep into enemy territory and there was little to any means of protection for our planes, we relied completely on surprise and would be crashing into foreign territory and hopefully we will make it back in one piece
10: The attack on Japan went flawlessly, we all made it out in one piece and we hit hundreds of important military barracks and industrial factories. It was a feat i was glad to have taken part in, and a moral boost for all of America | It couldn't have gone any better
11: 4 POWs Died | 8 men were captured | Some of us crashed | Many of the Chinese helped us | The journey home was more perilous than the mission | But as soon as we started heading for the Chinese airfields our luck ran out. Bad weather, lack of fuel,some of us even fell into Japanese controlled territory
12: District Court Chekiang, China April 22, 1942 Dear Cap. Lawson and Aviators from America: Fortunately I have the opportunity to write to you as you take this long flight across the Pacific Ocean to our country especially during the present. I warmly greet you in the name of our people and assure you our deepest concern and respects in your bravery and vigorousness because you fight against Fascism and rampant aggression for the Justice and Liberty of the world in spite of all dangers. Really our people were very cheerful and happy for your passing through our city last week. But I am so sorry that the inconveniences of the communications which are influenced by war keep us from supplying you fine foods and medicines. Now I represent the people of the whole district about 160,000 populations to give our best wishes to you that you will be recovered easily and will help us to win the final victory. Don’t forget the name of our city. That you have visited. Respectfully yours Kai-san The Magistrate
13: A Normal School Somewhere in China Gentlemen: With great delight I learn that you bombed Japanese great cities as Tokyo, Kobe, and Nagoya. How hard your work is! How brave you are! How brilliant you achieve a victory! I admire you and most honor you. The eyes of the world have been focused on you, looking for fruitful results of your important mission of bombing Japan. We know the results of bombing Japanese great cities make all the peace-like people obtain a hope of complete victory and also make Japanese people feel that they have been deceived under the empty victory by their war lord. It is also a sign that the allies begin to fight an offensive war on all battle-front of the world. We are not a war-like people. We are not interested in aggression. We do not covet one square inch of the territory of any other nation. But we have to bomb Japan in winning this most brutal, most terrible of all wars for the maintenance of Democracy. Bomb Japan! Bomb Japan! We destroy their transportations industries and military preparations. We break down the Japanese war-makers’ dream of a huge Asiatic empire. Then our allies will conquer the axis powers in the near future. Then the welfare of mankind may be perpetuated. You will be heroes of many victories. I hope you recover your health and bomb Japan again. Yours truly Shino
14: Mission House Chekiang China, May 31 1942 Dear Mrs. Lawson, I have been asked by your son, Lieutenant Lawson, to write to you. The few weeks he was here among us went by so quickly, yet they were full of many anxious moments, for when he reached this town he was very ill. One night we despaired of his life, then six of us missionaries held a prayer meeting on his behalf, asking God to spare him. From that time on he began to improve. Just before you son let us, I reminded him that he was alive in answer to prayer. We all share the joy of his recovery. When he was very ill, he asked me to be with him. He was too ill to speak much, so I used to read to him from the bible well-known scriptures which he remembered having heard before. Then I knelt in prayer, committing him to God. He did enjoy these times and often spoke of you and of your prayers for him. Almost the first thing I heard him say when he reached here was that he had a praying mother. Your prayers have been answered; your dear son is now regaining health and strength again, and, best of all, I believe he has come to know God in a new and deeper way through his suffering. All men of his crew were fond of your son, and affectionately called him “Ted”. Thy all were good men, and we thank God that we ever came into contact with the. Now they have left us starting on a long journey to the Chinese capital. I hope you will soon have the joy of seeing your dear son soon home. You will be distressed to see him as he is, yet try to think of the great mercy of God in sparing his life. I trust God has preserved him for a great purpose, and though we most likely will not see him again, yet often we will uphold him in our prayers. We cannot always understand God’s ways with us and our loved ones, yet we trust him, for he gave his own ear son to die for us. No more now. May God bless you and your dear son, Lieutenant Lawson, is the prayer of, Yours sincerely, George Parker
15: Doolittle in the News The Tampa Tribune - April 21, 1991 Doolittle raid plane found underwater off coast of China One of the B-25 Mitchell bombers used in the Doolittle raid on Japan 49 years ago remains intact in an underwater grave, according to an artist who led an expedition to China to recover wreckage.At a reunion of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Bryan Moon of Frontenac, Minn., said he knows where the plane is.""I spoke to the fishermen who keep getting their nets caught in it,''Moon said Thursday. He said he wants to return to China by... Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) - August 21, 1984 People in the news Doolittles have done a lot--Criss Award reflects that: Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle, best known for the American bombing raid he led on Tokyo in World War II, and his wife, Josephine, will receive the Mutual of Omaha Criss Award next month.The insurance company said it will present the award -- named for the late Dr. C.C. Criss, one of the founders of Mutual of Omaha -- in Los Angeles on Sept. 6. The Doolittles will also receive a gold medal and an honorarium of... Miami Herald, The (FL) - April 21, 1991 WWII B-25 UNDERWATER AND INTACT OFF CHINA One of the B-25 Mitchell bombers used in the Doolittle raid on Japan 49 years ago rests underwater and intact, says an artist who led an expedition to China to recover wreckage.At a reunion of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Bryan Moon of Frontenac, Minn., said he knows where the plane is."I spoke to the fishermen who keep getting their nets caught in it,"Moon said. He said he wants to return to China by the end of the year to learn more about plane No. 15,... Day, The (New London, CT) - April 10, 2005 A Chance To Greet 'Family', A Preston Doolittle takes special pride Preston AS A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY GROWING up in eastern Connecticut, Walter P. Doolittle recalls listening to the radio and reading the news about the war in the Pacific, and was mightily impressed by the heroics of the dashing lieutenant colonel who led a daring bombing raid against the island of Japan."It looked like the war was going badly up to that point, and I didn't want to be on the losing side,"Doolittle said.But more important,... The Tampa Tribune - April 17, 1992 Doolittle's men toasted Doolittle's Raiders, who conducted the first air raid on Japan during World War II, toasted their comrades'memories Thursday, two days before the attack's 50th anniversary.""To those who have gone,''32 of the 40 surviving raiders said in chorus as they held up silver goblets.The toast was a partial enactment of a ceremony the raiders hold annually, but always in private because of its...
16: 1938, I worked an 8 hour shift at Douglas
17: 1939, I graduated College and worked full time at my job at Douglas eventually finding my passion for planes and flying
18: In 1940 I took a step towards my dream and joined the United States Air Force, working my way up to become a captain of the RAptured Duck. The pay was not very good and neither were the hours but i was finally flying
19: Then in 1941 December 7 Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. I couldn't believe it and i didn't know what we were going to do.
20: Doolittle | President Franklin D. Roosevelt, expressed to Joint Chiefs of Staff in a meeting at the White House on 21 December, 1941 The concept for the attack came from Navy Captain Francis Low, Assistant Chief of Staff for Anti-submarine Warfare, who reported to Admiral Ernest J. King on 10 January 1942
21: April 18, 1942 The raid on Japan began, no aircraft was lost to the Japanese forces however many crashed and 8 pilots were missing On 15 August 1942, the United States learned from the Swiss Consulate General in Shanghai that eight of the missing crew members were prisoners of the Japanese at Police Headquarters in that city (two crewmen had died in the crash landing of their aircraft) On 19 October 1942, the Japanese announced that they had tried the eight men and sentenced them to death, but that several of them had received commutation of their sentences to life imprisonment. After the war, the complete story of the two missing crews was uncovered in a war crimes trial held in Shanghai. The trial opened in February 1946 to try four Japanese officers for mistreatment of the eight captured crewmen.