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1942 Doolittle raid of Japan....



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April 18, 1942

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 18, 1942

* The famous Doolittle raid of Japan (1st report)
* U.S. Army Air Force B-25B Mitchell bombers
* USS Hornet aircraft carrier
* INCOMPLETE ISSUE ***


The front page has a nice banner headline: "JAPAN REPORTS TOKYO, YOKOHAMA BOMBED BY 'ENEMY PLANES' IN DAYLIGHT; CLAIMS 9" with subheads. (see) This was the famous Doolittle raid on Japan. It was not known at the time that James "Jimmy" Doolittle was involved due to secrecy.
Incomplete "rag edition" issue containing the first 2 leafs (4 pages), loose and a little irregular at the spine, nice for display as such.

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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