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    Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders Signed by Jimmy Doolittle and More Than 30 Crewmen. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1964. 8vo (6.5" x 9.25"). 447 pages. With dust jacket. Signed by the author, "Carroll V. Glines" on full title page. Doolittle and his crew sign on the front endpaper. Inscribed, "To Frank Rossor with appreciation 17 Apr 71."

    Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, a special unit was formed to attack Japan. Twenty-four crews were selected from the 17th BG to receive three weeks of intensive training in carrier take offs, night flying, over water navigation, and low level bombing. Their mission was to fly a carrier-based attack on the Japanese mainland, taking the fight to the enemy for the first time. The unit soon acquired the name, "Doolittle's Raiders" after their famous commander, Lieutenant Colonel James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle. The crew managed to successfully bomb oil storage tanks and an aircraft factory despite enemy fighter attacks, then headed on to China. Due to low fuel, Lieutenant Farrow instructed his crew to bail out even though he knew they were close to an enemy-held city. The entire crew survived the bail out and but were quickly captured and imprisoned by the Japanese.

    Condition: Excellent condition with a tight binding.


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