Reviewed by Brett Green
"The Doolittle Raid 1942" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
The long road back from Pearl Harbor started with one audacious attack by
B-25s from the carrier Hornet led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle. While much
has been written about the raid this softbound book offers a compact and
concise account of the raid.
The softbound book contains close to 100 pages complete with charts,
paintings of significant moments of the raid and a bunch of charts,
including the crew list. The illustrations are first rate and action packed.
I guess I didn’t know as much as I thought I did about the raid. I must
admit I was under the assumption that the Hornet was the only aircraft
carrier involved in the raid, but this book also talks about the Enterprise
and its role. There are other numerous little facts that are nicely
presented. How about the fact that the planners forgot about the
international date line in their planned pick up of the flyers in China. I
was under the impression that the Hornet’s escorts took care of the picket
ships. This book shows the part that the Wildcats and SBDs from Enterprise
took part in the attacks, although ineffectual and that it took 928 six-inch
rounds to finally sink the ship. I also did not know that one of the B-25s
claimed two aircraft shot down. Each aircraft’s bomb run is examined in
The book is a good one-stop source for information concerning the raid. Mr.
Chun covers everything from the forces involved, to the key personnel, to
the decisions, the attacks and the aftermath. Overall a very good book that
is a welcome addition to my library.
It is well written with plenty of photographs and this book is indicative of
the series and as such I highly recommend this book as a one-stop shop for
reference on the raid.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
|The Doolittle Raid
(Osprey Campaign 156)
Author: Clayton K S Chun
Illustrated by: Howard Gerard
US Price: $18.95
UK Price: £13.99
Publish Date: January 31, 2006
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-918-5
Review Copyright © 2006 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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