Doolitlle Bombs Tokyo from Carrier Based Bombers

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The History of Aviation


Word War II

1942 Doolitlle Bombs Tokyo from Carrier Based Bombers

American bombers scored a major psychological victory, when, under the command of General Doolittle, they bombed Japan. Only minor damage was inflicted by the forces of medium bombers. These bombers were specially modified to be launched from the carrier Hornet. Unfortunately a Japanese fishing ship was spotted and the decision was made to launch the bombers early and thus furter from the Japanese coast then planned, as a result all of the bombers ran out of fuel before they could land at bases in China.

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