The 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid
Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, an Alameda native son, was the Commander of the raid on Japan on April 18, 1942 by 16 B-25 American bombers.
The bombers took off from the U.S.S. Hornet at about 750 miles east of Japan where they struck factories and other industrial targets in six Japanese cities.
The raid had little effect on Japan’s military or industrial capabilities and America lost seven men and four others spent the rest of the war in POW camps
But the raid had a devastating effect on the confidence of the Japanese people and its leaders and was a much needed morale booster for Americans.
The raid and complex preparation are described in fascinating detail in the Air Force Magazine, April/May 2017 issue.
The Alameda Naval Air Museum is sponsoring a historical walk and B-25 fly over on Saturday, April 1 at approximately 11:30 am to Noon at the Museum’s home at 2141 Ferry Point in Alameda to celebrate the event.
Museum admission to this event including a souvenir button and the Doolittle exhibit, history walk/talk with Marshall Davis and a visit to Pier 2 is $10. Refreshment will be served.
For more information please call 510-522-4262. And while you there, visit the USS Hornet which is docked near by at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3
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