Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid


20 May 1942, Washington, DC, USA --- Original caption: Brig. Gen. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt for having led a squadron of army bombers in a raid of Japan April 18, poses before an Air Corps recruiting poster asking men who want to "fly to Tokyo, with all expenses paid." --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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

Topics in this Podcast: World War II, wwii, biographies, Japan, military history, 20th century