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Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead navigateright Episode
It was 78 years ago this coming April 18 that the Doolittle Raid was launched to avenge the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of Jimmy Doolittle lifted off the deck of the USS Hornet. This one-way mission pummeled factories, refineries, dockyards and other targets in the Japanese capitol -then there was the task of escaping to China. While President Roosevelt heralded the raid as a propaganda victory it came at a heavy price. The Chinese people -who suffered the most- were victims of a retaliatory campaign by the Imperial Japanese Army that tragically claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 Chinese lives.
My guest on today’s Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead Show comes from my archives with James M. Scott, author of Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and The Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor as my guest. This is one of the most exhaustive and detailed narratives of the Doolittle Raid ever assembled, with author James M. Scott having access to never-before utilized or published international sources.
You'll hear about Jimmy Doolittle, the son of an Alaskan gold prospector, a former boxer and brilliant engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT, and about Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell, Vice Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, Jr., and the young American pilots, navigators and bombardiers -many little more than teenagers- who volunteered for a mission that few expected to return from. It all happened during a time when Americans and others around the world experienced defeat after defeat as the nation became immersed in the opening months of World War II. Those were dark days -but as we know with the hindsight of history brighter days emerged that eventually led to victory.
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