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A B-25 begins its take off roll from the deck of the USS Hornet for the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo, Saturday, April 18, 1942. The bombing attack by the United States of America on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu during World War II, was the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands. Sixteen B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched without fighter escort from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet deep in the Western Pacific Ocean, each with a crew of five men. The plan called for them to bomb military targets in Japan, and to continue westward to land in China�landing a medium bomber on Hornet was impossible.
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