Portrait of General James H. Doolittle (1896 - 1993) standing beside an airplane, circa 1944-45. Flying B-25 medium bombers, he led the Doolittle Raid, the first air raid against targets in Japan during World War II. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Approaching the Gate to Destiny By William S. Phillips - Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle's April 18, 1942 raid on Japan began with the loading of sixteen B-25s aboard a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS "Hornet," for the first time. Seen here is Task Force 16.2, sailing from San Francisco Bay on the beautiful sunlit morning of April 2, 1942.