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The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was a group eighty men from all walks of life who flew into history on April 18, 1942. They were all volunteers and this was a very dangerous mission. Sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, led by (then Col.) Jimmy Doolittle. They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free. Of course, things do not always go as planned.
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Battle of Santa Cruz - NA003947 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. Japanese kamikaze planes and bombers attack the USS Hornet during the Battle of Santa Cruz on October 26, 1942. The kamikaze plane heading straight down from the sky hit the carrier's signal bridge. The Hornet sank later in the day. | Location: off the coast of the Santa Cruz Islands, South Pacific.
Battle of Midway, June 1942. Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma, photographed from a USS Enterprise (CV-6) SBD aircraft during the afternoon of 6 June 1942, after she had been bombed by planes from Enterprise and USS Hornet (CV-8). Note her shattered midships structure, torpedo dangling from the after port side tubes and wreckage atop her number four eight-inch gun turret
The Ruptured Duck by Jon Burch Photography
One of the bombers that participated in the Doolittle raid was nicknamed "The Ruptured Duck." As One of sixteen B-25's assigned to the "Doolittle Raid," the Duck was the seventh bomber to take off from the USS Hornet. It bombed the industrial section of Tokyo with 3 demolition bombs and one incendiary. This image was made in Hanger 79 on Ford island in Pearl Harbor.