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Take Off Order  5  Tail # 40- 2283  Target: Tokyo --- Pilot Capt. D.M. Jones, Co-Pilot Lt. R.R. Wilder, Navigator Lt. E.F. McGurl, Bombardier Lt. D.V. Truelove, Engineer Gunner Sgt. J.W. Manske --- Bail Out

Take Off Order 5 Tail # 40- 2283 Target: Tokyo --- Pilot Capt. D.M. Jones, Co-Pilot Lt. R.R. Wilder, Navigator Lt. E.F. McGurl, Bombardier Lt. D.V. Truelove, Engineer Gunner Sgt. J.W. Manske --- Bail Out

The remaining Doolittle Raiders will gather in Dayton, Ohio, for a final time in November 2013.

The remaining Doolittle Raiders will gather in Dayton, Ohio, for a final time in November 2013.

Jimmy Doolittle (1896 - 1993) Led the first US air raid on the Japanese home islands in World War II by flying B-25 bombers off the deck of a US aircraft carrier, his team of specially trained men was known as "Doolittle's Raiders"

Jimmy Doolittle (1896 - 1993) Led the first US air raid on the Japanese home islands in World War II by flying B-25 bombers off the deck of a US aircraft carrier, his team of specially trained men was known as "Doolittle's Raiders"

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The Doolittle Raiders symbolize the bravery, determination and innovation of so many who helped America master the skies. Yesterday these heroic Airmen were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their volunteer service during World War…

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, these men came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The Doolittle Raiders symbolize the bravery, determination and innovation of so many who helped America master the skies. Yesterday these heroic Airmen were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their volunteer service during World War…

18 April  1942 Doolittle raiders bomb Japan. Doolittle raiders over Tokyo. Above Tokyo, smoke rises from strikes on the Japanese mainland as the bombs dropped by Doolittle's raiders hit their targets on April 18, 1942. Unable to land the huge aircraft back on the USS Hornet, and running low on fuel, the bombers continued westward attempting to land in a friendly area in China.

18 April 1942 Doolittle raiders bomb Japan. Doolittle raiders over Tokyo. Above Tokyo, smoke rises from strikes on the Japanese mainland as the bombs dropped by Doolittle's raiders hit their targets on April 18, 1942. Unable to land the huge aircraft back on the USS Hornet, and running low on fuel, the bombers continued westward attempting to land in a friendly area in China.

DOLITTLE'S 4.18.42 TOKYO RAID: With flight deck personnel dropping to the deck to avoid its turning propellers, A north American B-25B Mitchell medium bomber starts its takeoff roll aboard USS Hornet (CV-8), 18 April 1942. (U.S. Navy)

DOLITTLE'S 4.18.42 TOKYO RAID: With flight deck personnel dropping to the deck to avoid its turning propellers, A north American B-25B Mitchell medium bomber starts its takeoff roll aboard USS Hornet (CV-8), 18 April 1942. (U.S. Navy)

Doolittle raiders outside the shelter where they hid after crash landing in China, Apr 1942

[Photo] Doolittle raiders outside the shelter where they hid after crash landing in China, Apr 1942

Doolittle raiders outside the shelter where they hid after crash landing in China, Apr 1942

Jimmy Doolittle (1896 - 1993) Led the first US air raid on the Japanese home islands in World War II by flying B-25 bombers off the deck of a US aircraft carrier, his team of specially trained men was known as "Doolittle's Raiders"

Jimmy Doolittle (1896 - 1993) Led the first US air raid on the Japanese home islands in World War II by flying B-25 bombers off the deck of a US aircraft carrier, his team of specially trained men was known as "Doolittle's Raiders"

Doolittle Raiders B-25's on USS Hornet April 1942

Doolittle Raiders B-25's on USS Hornet April 1942

Carrier USS Hornet launching B-25s of the Doolittle raiders, 18 Apr 1942. (US National Archives)

[Photo] Hornet launching Doolittle raiders, 18 Apr 1942, photo 1 of 10

Carrier USS Hornet launching B-25s of the Doolittle raiders, 18 Apr 1942. (US National Archives)

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