During World War II pilots volunteered for a secret mission to bomb Tokyo. Specially trained by Army Col. Jimmy Doolittle, these men trained to fly off the deck of an aircraft carrier using B-25B Mitchell bombers.
This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan. These brave men were forced to launch early as a result of their position being discovered by a small Japanese vessel, extending the flight from 400 to 800 miles to Tokyo.
Here retired Army Lt. Col Richard Cole, Doolittle’s co-pilot, recounts his experience from the historic flight.
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