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1942 Doolittle raid of Japan.... Executions revealed...



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April 23, 1943

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Massachusetts, April 23, 1943

* re. The famous Doolittle raid of Japan
* U.S. Army Air Force B-25B Mitchell bombers
* Realization of Japanese executions


The front page has a two column heading: "Jap Threat to Execute All Captured U. S. Fliers Does Not Scare Americans" with subhead and photo of 6 American fliers with heading: "Japs Murdered Some of These Fliers" (see) This was when it was first reported that the Japanese has executed some American airmen that were captured during the Doolittle raid.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 24 pages, light toning at the margins, good condition.

wikipedia notes: The Doolittle Raid, on 18 April 1942, was the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese Home Islands (specifically Honshu) during World War II. By demonstrating that Japan itself was vulnerable to American air attack, it provided a vital morale boost and opportunity for U.S. retaliation after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The raid was planned and led by then-Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle, USAAF. Doolittle would later recount in his autobiography that the raid was intended to bolster American morale and to cause the Japanese to begin doubting their leadership.

Category: World War II

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