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Events April 18, 1942

From the Pacific Ocean, at 8:00 a.m., B-25 bombers take off from U.S. aircraft carriers to carry out Doolittle's attack on Tokyo, in revenge for the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack does not cause much damage to the Japanese and results in three dead crew members, eight captured (three will be shot and one will die in prison), plus 16 planes shot down. The main objective of the mission is fulfilled, which is none other than to cause psychological damage to the Japanese population and to raise the morale of the Americans and the Allies, since, after this bombing, the Japanese will have to rethink their defensive system that has not proved valid during the attack and they will have to dedicate a greater number of ships to the defense of their territory, whose defensive lines will have to be advanced further east. (78 years ago)


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Jimmy Doolittle Japan Raid, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, 1942




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