Launching, in a rough sea, Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 leaves the heaving deck of the carrier USS Hornet, his mission to lead a small force of B-25 Mitchell bombers to bomb Tokyo.
On April 18, 1942, under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, a small force of B-25 Mitchell light bombers set forth on one of the most audacious air raids of World War II, to make a direct strike at the heart of Imperial Japan. Unlike any other mission the crews departed on their dangerous journey with the full knowledge that each was on a one-way ticket. Even if they achieved success, they would not have enough fuel to make the return journey and would have to head for China, bail out and rely on the resistance to get them home.
Every man was a volunteer. Each knew the dangers. Some paid with their lives.
Joining the artist Nicolas Trudgian in signing this important edition are FOUR of General “Jimmy” Doolittle’s famous aircrew who took part in the historic raid on Tokyo:
Brigadier General EVERETT W. HOLSTROM – Pilot, Crew #4 – Target Tokyo
Captain J. ROYDEN STORK – Co-Pilot, Crew #10 – Target Tokyo
Major GRIFFITH P. WILLIAMS – Co-Pilot, Crew #15 – Target Nagoya
Colonel HOWARD SESSLER – Navigator/Bombardier, Crew #15 – Target Nagoya
We have just a few copies of this stunning print that have been additionally signed by five more Raiders to create a highly collectible NINE signature edition:
Lt. Colonel RICHARD COLE – Jimmy Doolittle’s Co-Pilot, Crew #1 – Target Tokyo
Staff Sergeant DAVID THATCHER – Flight Engineer/Gunner, Crew #7 – Target Tokyo
Major General DAVID JONES – Pilot, Crew #5 – Target Tokyo
Major THOMAS GRIFFIN – Navigator, Crew #9 -Target Tokyo
Master Sergeant EDWIN HORTON Jr – Flight Engineer/Gunner, Crew #10 – Target Tokyo