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Doolittle by Universal Pictures

The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942, was an air raid by the United States on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu during World War II, the first air operation to strike the Japanese Home Islands. It demonstrated that the Japanese mainland was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and provided an important boost to American morale. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle of the United States Army Air Forces. Sixteen B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched without fighter escort from the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) deep in the Western Pacific Ocean, each with a crew of five men. The plan called for them to bomb military targets in Japan, and to continue westward to land in China—landing a medium bomber on Hornet was impossible. The bombing raid killed about 50 people, including civilians, and injured 400. Fifteen aircraft reached China, but all crashed, while the 16th landed at Vladivostok in the Soviet Union. All but three of the 80 crew members initially survived the mission. Eight airmen were captured by the Japanese Army in China; three of those were later executed. The B-25 that landed in the Soviet Union was confiscated, with its crew interned for more than a year before being allowed to "escape" via Soviet-occupied Iran. Fourteen complete crews, except for one crewman who was killed in action, returned either to the United States or to American forces.After the raid, the Imperial Japanese Army conducted a massive sweep through the eastern coastal provinces of China, in an operation now known as the Zhejiang-Jiangxi campaign, searching for the surviving American airmen and inflicting retribution on the Chinese who aided them, in an effort to prevent this part of China from being used again for an attack on Japan. The raid caused negligible material damage to Japan, but its consequences had major psychological effects. In the United States, it raised morale. In Japan, it raised doubt about the ability of military leaders to defend the home islands, but the bombing and strafing of civilians also steeled the resolve of many to gain retribution and was exploited for propaganda purposes.It also contributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's decision to attack Midway Island in the Central Pacific—an attack that turned into a decisive strategic defeat of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. The consequences were most severely felt in China, where Japanese reprisals cost an estimated 250,000 lives. Doolittle, who initially believed that the loss of all his aircraft would lead to his court-martial, received the Medal of Honor and was promoted two ranks to brigadier general.

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Director Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. James Cameron 100% 

Cast Results

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. John Cusack 100% 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Tom Hanks 100% 

Navy Captain Francis Low Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Michael Keaton 100% 

Admiral Ernest J. King Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Liam Neeson 100% 

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Leonardo Nam 100% 

Josephine Doolittle Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Chloe Sevigny 100% 

James Doolittle Jr. Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Lucas Till 100% 

John P. Doolittle Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Corey Fogelmanis 100% 

Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Kevin Costner 100% 

Captain Marc Mitscher Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Ed Harris 100% 

Lt. Richard E. Cole Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Zac Efron 100% 

Lt. Henry A. "Hank" Potter Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Jake Gyllenhaal 100% 

SSgt. Fred Braemer Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Ashton Kutcher 100% 

SSgt. Paul Leonard Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Channing Tatum 100% 

Lt.Travis Hoover Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Logan Lerman 100% 

Lt. Chase Nielsen Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt 100% 

Cpl. Jacob DeShazer. Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Garrett Hedlund 100% 

Rev. John Birch Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Dave Franco 100% 

Claire Lee Chennault Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Mel Gibson 100% 

Chief of Staff George Marshall Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Richard Gere 100% 

Col. Bill Bower Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Will Poulter 100% 

Hirohito Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Steven Yeun 100% 

Vice President Henry A. Wallace Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Clive Owen 100% 

Henry L. Stimson Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Kevin Kline 100% 

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