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Just 30 Seconds Over Tokyo: How the Doolittle Raid Doomed the Japanese Empire

December 16, 2018 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: JapanWorld War IIMilitaryTechnologyWorld

Just 30 Seconds Over Tokyo: How the Doolittle Raid Doomed the Japanese Empire

An incredible story. 

In 2016, the U.S. Air Force announced that the B-21—the new long-range bomber under development—would be named the “Raider” in honor of the Doolittle Raid. Ironically, the B-21 might be used someday to strike China, many of whose people were killed for helping the Doolittle crews.

The real recompense for the Doolittle flyers and the murdered Chinese civilians came on September 2, 1945, when Japan formally surrendered.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.