Re: Doolittle Raid
As usual I'm a day late and adollar short, but I will add my 2 cents worth.I would take nothing away from the Doolittle Mission and those that were lost and survived.But at the same time there was another mission of great importance in the war against japan, but was overshadowed by the Doolittle Mission and never got the press coverage back home:
On 11 April 1942, ten of these B-25 Mitchells and three B-17 Flying Fortresses left Charters Towers via Darwin to Del Monte, to attack Japanese shipping and fortifications in the Philippines.They were under the command of General Ralph G. Royce. The aircraft were fitted with long distance tanks for the long trip to Del Monte, where the tanks were removed and replaced by bombs. They returned to Charters Towers loaded with evacuees after their raid.]]]]
The B-25s were from my 3rd Bomb. Gp., the B-17s I believe
from what was left of the 19th Bomb. Gp.It was actually our first offensive move against the japs,They stayed on Del Monte 4 days pulling bombing missions against shipping and installations.When the japs discovered where they were coming from, they made a quick exit.Never lost a man or a plane on the mission, and brought out a lot of evacuee.
3rd Bomb. Gp. Photo Section