A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Doolittle Raid

Doolittle Raid On 18 April 1942, Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle’s 16 US army B-25 bombers made the first Allied air attack on Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Nagoya after flying 600 miles from the carrier Hornet. One crew landed at Vladivostok and 15 crash-landed in or near China, where 69 airmen reached safety. US losses: 3 killed, 8 captured, and 3 prisoners executed by the Japanese. To prevent further US air raids from offshore Midway Island, Japan’s navy approved the operation that resulted in the battle of Midway.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Doolittle Raid," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed June 2, 2020, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6TI1V43ER6LEMY5.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Doolittle Raid." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 2 Jun. 2020. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6TI1V43ER6LEMY5.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Doolittle Raid' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 2 June 2020, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6TI1V43ER6LEMY5.