James Doolittle was an accomplished flyer prior to the war, and was well known in aviation circles. The US' retaliation for Pearl Harbor saw MAJ Doolittle lead a squadron of B-25 "Mitchell" bombers on a raid of the Japanese mainland. For his efforts, MAJ Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to Colonel. Promoted to General, Doolittle assumed command of the 8th Air Force in 1944 and saw it through the final months of the war.
(photos by David Brown, son of Warren Brown)
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