The Doolittle Raid was the first air raid by the U.S to strike Japan in retaliation after
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 during World War ll. The
raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle (below). A
total of sixteen U.S Army Air Forces B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched
from the U.S Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Western Pacific Ocean. All of
the aircraft involved in the mission were lost and 11 crewmen were either killed Or
captured. The raid caused negligible material damage to Japan. As of this date,
five of the Doolittle Raiders are still alive.