Edited by Gerald Boerner

 

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JerryPhotoIn the mid-1950s, about ten years after the end of World War II. Movies were appearing about the various campaigns in the Pacific; movies like “Run Silent, Run Deep”. But the one that really stands out in my mind was “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” about Jimmy Doolittle’s daring raid on Tokyo just months after the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. That caught my imagination with its creative solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem.

But that’s the essence of the man, James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle. He was a flight instructor during World War I, an air racer and innovator between the wars, and a inspirational leader during World War II. He earned his doctorate in aeronautics at MIT and helped Shell Oil develop high-octane airplane fuel. His planning skills were evident in both the raid on Tokyo as well as in the Italian, D-Day and final assault on Japan.

So let’s proceed with our exploration of this man of innovation and courage…  GLB

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