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I was wondering what the effects of the Doolittle Raid had on the morale of Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the movie, at the end it said "before the Doolittle Raid, America knew nothing but defeat; after nothing but victory... America realised she would win and surged forward." Do you think that this is an accurate description of how the Doolittle Raid impacted on the American morale?
Also, could you suggest any good books to help me research the Doolittle Raid further? I live in England and the resources available so far are pretty poor!!
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Hi Holliex,
My copy of THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO by Ted Lawson is still my favorite book on the Doolittle Raid. I read it 18 times by the time I was 18 years old...got it when I was nine! The volume is highly available and tells the history of one crew by its pilot -the most badly injured of those who got back.
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I asked my father who served in WWII about the Doolittle raid, and his opinion of it. You should know that Jimmy Doolittle was a famous airplane racer and well known in the USA. The morale of the American people (my fathers opinion) was pretty up beat after the raid. Like a "Take That!" attitude. But the US had many defeats coming.
My take on the Doolittle raid as an amature historian is this, it was meant to show the Japanese we were still a power to be considered in the Pacific and we still had our carriers!
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Hi Don,
After the attack, the Japanese Army -who were shamed in their defense of the Emperor- retained fighter units in Japan which might have helped their cause in the SoPac.

As so many Japanese did not recognize the US star and red ball insignia as the enemy, but just saw the red ball portion...after the Doolittle Raid the homeland defense "bandage" of a white background behind the hinomaru [meatball].
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I wonder if it wouldn't have been better had Dolittle used B-26's rather than B-25's to fly off the deck of the USS Hornet.  He might have been able to ship a few more bombers aboard had he used the B-26's of the day.
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