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    OT: Today is the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

    UC Berkeley alum Jimmy Doolittle led the first bombing of Tokyo on April 18, 1942 -- a mere 4 months after Pearl Harbor.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid

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    Alec Baldwin played Doolittle in the 2001 movie "Pearl Harbor."


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    Spencer Tracy played him in the 1944 film "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo."


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    Thanks - I wasn't aware Doolittle was an alum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAL6371 View Post
    Thanks - I wasn't aware Doolittle was an alum.
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    I always had a soft spot for the B-25 Mitchell after I built the Monogram model of it when I was 9 years old!

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    thats awesome, i also didnt know that he was an alum

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    Just dropped in to the USS Hornet, at the old Alameda NAS. It's a wonderful museum. Any flight fanatics should check it out.

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    They had a B-25 Mitchel do a fly by near the Hornet several weeks ago to commemorate the event. Wish it would have flown closer but it was still fun to watch.

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    I also didn't realize he was an alumnus. Reminds of the "find" I made in the Hill Country of Texas a few years ago - Fredericksburg and its "National Museum of the Pacific War". I would characterize it as a Smithsonian quality museum. I was shocked to find that Doolittle's Raid was only four months after Pearl Harbor. The full room display spoke at length about the significant impact it had on the Japanese populous. Also how the Japanese response was what led to the Battle of Midway another two months later. At Midway, tipped off by breaking the Japanese code, we sunk all four of their large front line carriers. Cyber warfare has been with us for a while.

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    There is only one Doolittle Raider still alive -- Richard Cole was born in 1915.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/...6341492524671/

    http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/cole.htm


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    I wonder what Doolittle would think if he were alive today and heard that the Carl Vinson Strike Group that was supposed to be headed for North Korea for a potential showdown was actually going in the opposite direction and headed towards Australia!

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/w...rl-vinson.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by oskirules View Post
    I wonder what Doolittle would think if he were alive today and heard that the Carl Vinson Strike Group that was supposed to be headed for North Korea for a potential showdown was actually going in the opposite direction and headed towards Australia!

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/w...rl-vinson.html
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    Doolittle. Still the most famous native son of Alameda....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71Bear View Post
    Doolittle. Still the most famous native son of Alameda....
    I lived in Alameda for 3 years and never knew there was a connection until now.



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