The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was a group eighty men from all walks of life who flew into history on April 18, 1942. They were all volunteers and this was a very dangerous mission. Sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, led by (then Col.) Jimmy Doolittle. They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free. Of course, things do not always go as planned.
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 2, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Nitze (DDG 94) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transit back to their homeport of Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott & Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Atherton Pittman/Released)