April 18, 1942

1942: KEY EVENT–MEDAL OF HONOR. From the carrier USS Hornet, located 668 miles off Tokyo, Lt Col James H. Doolittle led 16 B-25s in the first raid on Japan. The range of the mission caused the raiders to crash land in China. The attack caused little damage; however, the mission raised U.S. morale and reversed a trend of Japanese victories. Doolittle later received the Medal of Honor for leading the mission. #Bomber #Joint Operation #Medal of Honor