Aboard the USS Hornet, before the Doolittle Raid - April 1942. 

On April 18, 1942, Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle led sixteen U.S. Army Air Forces bombers on an air raid against the Japanese ‘Home Islands’. Although physical damage and loss of life were minuscule compared to later bombings of Japan, the Doolittle Raid succeeded in bolstering American confidence, and it helped lead to the Battle of Midway - the turning point in the Pacific Theater. 

Of the sixteen bombers, fifteen crashed or were abandoned by their crews, but sixty-nine of the eighty airmen survived the raid. Doolittle himself was awarded a promotion to the rank of Brigadier General, and he also received the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous leadership above the call of duty”

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