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Good evening I'm Oliver North and welcomed the war story.
This is be 25 -- bomb.
Sixteen warplanes just like this when for the history -- April 18 1942.
Barely four months after Pearl Harbor.
The mission pay back surprise the enemy and -- downtown Tokyo.
For all intents and purpose would it be brave men and here we'll be asked to do look like a suicide watched the match.
Being asked to fight this big bomber.
What -- down with a ton of bombs and thousands more pounds of fuel off the deck of -- pitching aircraft carrier.
Oh -- no -- ever tried before.
They what did Doolittle raiders and for their leader of the daring aviation pioneer lieutenant colonel -- do.
Hollywood's often told the story of these -- and the tonight.
You'll hear the real story of the two little Tokyo raves from the men themselves.
And their own words.
These are the men who restored the confidence of -- shaken nation.
Change the course.
Of the Second World War.
On that fateful morning December 7 1941.
Japanese dive bombers from Pearl Harbor -- -- And struck fear into the hearts of millions.
In less than four hours Japan became the dominant naval and airpower in the Pacific.
-- how long it may -- Will overcome this premeditated.
In -- The American people and that right just -- Will William rules throughout the -- Army and navy recruiting stations are -- -- by a host of America's new.
New York recruiting officers have a busy time citing them up.
The public wanted revenge.
And FDR pushed his generals from bombing attack on Japan he never said how did you just want them to figure out some way.
It's -- back.
To prove that we can play.
We were patient Pendleton Oregon seventeen.
You were more true.
There were difficult challenges ahead.
Maybe bombers at a relatively short -- and it would be almost impossible to get our aircraft carriers post left Japan without being -- But then a navy -- Frances Sloan had a brilliant idea.
And you saw.
I had -- army bombers taking off on the practice field to navy's -- -- -- -- Take off and take carrier deck to.
And that night he approached.
And rob -- you've been able operations -- -- I saw some army bombers take.
-- I'm wondering -- it wouldn't be possible.
For army bombers.
No one -- ever tried before.
But -- it work goes much longer range army bombers could surprise the Japanese and they've launched from or go to sleep with the carriers would be safe.
King but the idea to general Henry have Arnold the army air force chief of staff.
Arnold immediately close friend lieutenant colonel Jimmy Doolittle.
Little later we'll tell you game's greatest -- -- work can -- -- who was one of the great aviators.
We were to -- results were great leader.
Everybody knew Jimmy Doolittle.
Airplane races -- one of America's most popular sports in the 1920s and -- of what almost every trophy either one.
-- -- This time but he was no ordinary dared him.
-- had a Ph.D.
in engineering from MIT and working for shell oil and helped develop the first high octane fuel for aircraft.
And in 1949.
He was the first pilot to take off -- of course the land with a foot covering the car.
Using instruments alone to guide airplanes in those days could not fly through weather clouds.
So therefore there were no scheduled operations that you could depend.
That all changed thanks to Jimmy -- now have Arnold was giving him a new challenge.
-- had asked him.
Do we have a bomber that could take option.
Class of 500 feet and carry -- 2000 pound bomb.
I don't think we have for anyone except the -- 25 the beat 25 was a relatively new twin engine land based bomber -- by California.
North American aviation.
-- even if I have elected.
-- -- -- -- -- -- and I -- Harare.
In the -- and have a very well.
Now what do little needed for the dangerous mission was left radio or rather 79 cents to 45 year old -- But convinced his superiors that he would have to -- the attack not just.
First I found out what beat -- fire -- have -- and have the most experience.
All volunteers and that.
Group was a seventeenth bombardment -- stationed at Pendleton field or you being community.
You know we can do.
Lieutenant Bobby Knight was a farm boy from Texas he became the 21 year old co pilot the crew five with pilot -- -- Navigator George bar gutter -- -- and bombardier -- decision.
Had some trouble with the official -- -- I've moved over who -- SpinRite through than signal bug behind.
And obviously it did over there.
-- -- over there and literally and photographers really different but they didn't go far you have got back we are -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's.
Who has -- you.
Sergeant -- this chaser from Salem Oregon was at camp cook for -- -- before he joined the army air corps in 1940 that the age of 27.
-- a bombardier when Jimmy Doolittle came -- two years later.
We've got orders to play down to Columbia, South Carolina.
We got there we were asked to volunteer for -- mission.
He took -- -- 24 from Green Bay, Wisconsin was navigator until number now.
They sent twenty proof that they've picked up to send -- exhumed from the floor and reserved about my.
-- the month mark.
Jimmy Doolittle shows 46 year old Dick Pole was -- scope out the plane's navigator was -- 122 from South Dakota.
And what was the navigators first impression of his co pilot.
You know you got to find his -- fifth at the.
For -- poll potter and the other raiders practice short takeoffs and they've -- through these are pictures of those secret training.
Tom Griffin -- one of the -- raiders to discover what the mission really was.
Google sent me and Davy Jones another one of our boys up to abortion -- in the middle of February and there were two men and air force intelligence -- -- what we -- they didn't know just why we wanted to do a good time.
There were there to get maps and photographs of the Japanese cities -- Bob.
They change the lack and one of the office doors and the four of us.
Five different places were picked to make sure that -- -- -- -- -- Couldn't hide the attack from -- The last week of march to little set the raiders from Florida to California.
We're -- was waiting to take them to -- He told him to practice global -- young dare devils had no trouble hot dogging him all across the country.
Hundred -- And -- -- through done through Grand Canyon.
-- have done this tech community only about ten feet of the farmers.
-- -- -- We went over to -- to naval air station.
-- from under the bridges that exclusive group -- -- -- They consistently.
We can do to us.
-- you go out to LME's because -- enablers as.
There's a brand new carriers -- fourth.
Mother bonnet which can carry a swarm of smaller harness.
Aircraft carriers are increasing importance as warplanes taking a greater part in battles on the ocean.
Cost of that monster 31 million dollars.
Right now our bodies figured out red take these army -- -- airplanes and put aboard that ship through -- say it's experience too little.
Wouldn't you mention here that I think we can all of them and everybody.
Followed -- another leader might.
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