The Doolittle Raid was an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. But the leader of the mission was a legend long before his daring efforts in WWII.
Brig. Gen. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, who led a squadron of army bombers in a raid of Japan April 18, 1942, poses before an Air Corps recruiting poster asking men who want to "fly to Tokyo, with all expenses paid." Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS