April 18, 1942: America Strikes Back

Eyewitness To History

Once the shock of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor subsided, the focus of American military planners turned to retaliation – even if it was only symbolic. A few weeks after the attack, Lt. Colonel James H. Doolittle presented his superiors with a daring and unorthodox plan. B-25 bombers, normally land-based, would be transported by an aircraft carrier to within striking-distance of the Japanese mainland and launched to attack a number of cities.



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