The Doolittle Raid [April 18, 1942]
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The Doolittle Raid [April 18, 1942]? Try this US World War
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1) The mission was notable
since it was the only time in U.S. military history that United States
Army Air Forces bombers were launched from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier on
a combat mission.
What was the name of the aircraft carrier that the
bombers flew from?
- USS Enterprise
- USS Yorktown
- USS Hornet
2) What was the bomber used for the
- B-26 Marauder
- B-25B Mitchell
- B-23 Dragon
3) The bombers were modified to make the
What was NOT a modification?
- Replacement of their Norden bombsight with
a makeshift aiming sight.
- Installation of three additional fuel tanks
and support mounts in the bomb bay, crawl way and lower turret area to
increase fuel capacity from 646 to 1,141 U.S. gallons
- Install additional liaison radio set
4) Four bombers also had cameras mounted to
record the results of bombing.
5) On the morning of April 18, at a
distance of about 650 miles from Japan, the task force was sighted by a
Japanese picket boat No. 23 Nitto Maru which radioed an attack warning to
What was the name of the cruiser that destroyed the picket boat?
- USS Pittsburgh
- USS Orlando
- USS Nashville
6) With all their intensive training, how
many times had Doolittle and his crew actually flown from a aircraft
carrier before the launch on Tokyo?
7) None of the bombers were shot down over
Japan. Immediately following the raid, Doolittle told his crew that he
believed the loss of all 16 aircraft, coupled with the relatively minor
damage the aircraft had inflicted on their targets, had rendered the
attack a failure, and that he expected a court martial upon his return to
the United States.
What honor was Doolittle given?
- Court martial
- Medal of Honor
- Demoted in rank to captain and discharged
from the air force
8) When the news of the raid was released,
American morale soared from the depths to which it had plunged following
the Pearl Harbor attack and Japan's subsequent territorial gains. It was
important for Americans to know that a military response had been
9) Of the 80 crew on the flight,
10) Doolittle Raider pilot Captain Ted W.
Lawson, who lost a leg and suffered other serious injuries as a result of
his crash landing off the coast of China, wrote a book about the mission. It as made into a movie. Spencer Tracy played Doolittle and Van Johnson
What was the book and movie's title?
- Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
The Purple Heart
- Lost Horizon