Into the Teeth of the Wind
by Robert Taylor
|Includes original Jimmy Doolittle signature & WWII artifact|
|Bound for Tokyo, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle launches his B-25 Mitchell from the heaving deck of the carrier USS Hornet on the morning of 18 April, 1942. Leading a sixteen-bomber force on their long distance one - way mission, the Doolittle Raiders completed the first strike at the heart of Imperial Japan since the infamous attack on Pearl Harbour four months earlier. Together, they completed one of the most audacious air raids in aviation history.|
|Overall size: 23½" x 30½"||Available in the following editions|
|Museum Presentation||Signed by five aircrew who flew on the Doolittle raid - matted with Jimmy Doolittle signature.||$1095|
|The print has been triple matted to include the original signature of aviation pioneer and Tokyo Raid leader, Gen. James 'Jimmy' Doolittle. Also included in the mount in a shadow-box layer are original WWII issue USAAF Sterling silver pilot wings.
All materials used in the matting meet the highest conservation standards. - Overall mat size: 25⅝" x 31⅝"
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|Signature of Gen. Doolittle
||Original WWII USAAF pilot's wings|
|Gen. James 'Jimmy' Doolittle (matted)||Lt. Col. Richard Cole||Maj. Gen. David Jones|
|Staff Sgt. Edwin Horton||Staff Sgt. David Thatcher||Maj. Thomas Griffin|
|Gen. James 'Jimmy' Doolittle
James Harold Doolittle was born in Alameda, California in 1896. He was educated in Nome, Alaska, Los Angeles Junior College, and spent a year at the University of California School of Mines. He enlisted as a flying cadet in the Signal Corps Reserve in October 1917 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps' Aviation Section March 11, 1918.
On July 1, 1920 Doolittle got his regular commission and was promotion to first lieutenant. In September 1922 he made the first of many pioneering flights which earned him most of the major air trophies of the time, and brought him international fame. He flew a DH-4, equipped with crude navigational instruments, in the first cross-country flight, from Pablo Beach, Fla., to San Diego, Calif., in 21 hours and 19 minutes. The military gave him the Distinguished Flying Cross for this historic feat.
In March 1924 he served at McCook Field conducting aircraft acceleration tests. In June 1925 Doolittle went to the Naval Air Station in Washington, D.C., for special training in flying high-speed seaplanes. During this period he served for a while with the Naval Test Board at
In April 1926 he got a leave of absence to go to South America on airplane demonstration flights. In Chile he broke both ankles but put his Curtiss P-1 through stirring aerial maneuvers with his ankles in casts. He returned to the United States and was in Walter Reed Hospital for these injuries until April 1927 when he was assigned to McCook Field for experimental work and additional duty as instructor with Organized Reserves of the Fifth Corps Area's 385th Bomb Squadron.
In April 1934 Doolittle became a member of the Army Board to study Air Corps organization and a year later was transferred to the Air Corps Reserve. In 1940 he became president of the Institute of Aeronautical Science. He went back on active duty July 1, 1940 as a major and assistant district supervisor of the Central Air Corps Procurement District at Indianapolis, Ind., and Detroit, Mich., where he worked with large auto manufacturers on the conversion of their plants for production of planes. The following August he went to England as a member of a special mission and brought back information about other countries' air forces and military buildups.
Doolittle was promoted to lieutenant colonel Jan 2, 1942 and went to Headquarters Army Air Force to plan the first aerial raid on the Japanese homeland. He volunteered and received Gen. H.H. Arnold's approval to lead the attack of 16 B-25 bombers from the aircraft carrier Hornet, with targets in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya. The daring one-way mission of April 18, 1942 electrified the world and gave America's war hopes a terrific lift.
Doolittle received the Medal of Honor, presented to him by President Roosevelt at the White House, for planning and leading this successful operation. His citation reads: "For conspicuous leadership above and beyond the call of duty, involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life. With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or to perish at sea, Lt. Col. Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland." In addition to the nation's top award, Doolittle also received two Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, four Air Medals, and decorations from Great Britain, France, Belgium, Poland, China and Ecuador.
In July 1942, as a brigadier general - he had been advanced two grades the day after the Tokyo attack - Doolittle was assigned to the 8th Air Force and in September became commanding general of the 12th Air Force in North Africa. He was promoted to major general in November and in March 1943 became commanding general of the North African Strategic Air Forces. He took command of the 15th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater in November and from January 1944 to September 1945 he commanded the 8th Air Force.
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