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The Doolittle Raid l Photos

Today marks 71 years since the Doolittle Raid on Japan conducted by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle and 79 other volunteers. The Doolittle Raiders launched B-25 Mitchell bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet (CV 8) and took the offensive against Japan. The Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942, caused only minor damage to the Japanese war effort, but its psychological effects were much more significant. It gave the United States a much needed boost after a string of defeats and showed the Japanese that America had the will to fight back. On Tuesday, three of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders gathered in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. for their final public reunion.

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