Doolittle Raid – On this Day in 1942

USAAF B-25B bombers prepare to take off from USS Hornet (CV-8), on the morning of 18 April 1942. These are the last five or six planes to be launched.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.


  1. I brought up the Doolittle Raid in an informal seminar a certain history dept ran for the ‘community’ in the days following September 11. A young lady asked when we were going to do something, and I explained that it took months to get the Doolittle operation together, and that was against a stationary, visible target; vulcanism aside, Japan doesn’t move a whole lot. When up against a select population of combatants nested within a broader population of people we don’t care to kill, it gets very complex and takes some time. Well, etc etc- nothing that anyone who reads MO doesn’t think about daily, but utterly effing eye-opening to this kid and some others. Afterward, she comes up to me and says, ‘YOU should teach this!’ *sigh* mouths of babes and all that.