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Secrets of World War II
Episode 23 - The Amazing Colonel Doolittle
James "Jimmie" Doolittle is today most famous for his audacious B-25 bombing raid on Tokyo in the opening months of America's entry into World War II, an attack featured in the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor. But Doolittle's aviation legacy is much greater than this military attack. Doolittle was a true renaissance man of aviation, a daredevil aviator and racing pilot, an aviation executive, a military commander, a scientist, and a presidential advisor. He was also an inspirational figure to many young people in the early days of aviation.
His academic credentials, combined with his aviation exploits and military experience, enabled him to serve as a go-between for scientists and aviators and military officers. He also participated in numerous aviation design contests for youngsters and inspired many of them to pursue careers in aviation engineering. During this period, he worked with the Guggenheim Flight Laboratory in developing instruments for flight in poor weather. On September 24, 1929, he was the first person to take off, fly and land an airplane entirely by instruments. Also while at Shell, he urged the company to greatly increase its ability to manufacture high-octane aviation gas, which proved to be extremely important for high performance airplane engines.
In 1940, Doolittle returned to active duty as a major in the Army Air Corps. He was quickly promoted to lieutenant colonel. Soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Doolittle hatched a bold and dangerous plan to launch Army Air Corps B-25 twin-engine bombers from an aircraft carrier to bomb Japan.
On April 18, 1942, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet sailed toward the Japanese coast.
This programme follows the story of this exciting raid, in which Doolittle received the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Doolittle was soon promoted to major general and then lieutenant general. He was the commanding general of the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy, and then the Eighth Air Force in England and then again on Okinawa.
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