DOOLITTLE RAIDERS, CO-SIGNED BY: CHASE J. NIELSEN, COLONEL WILLIAM M. BOWER, FRANK KAPPELER, MAJOR THOMAS C. GRIFFIN, WILLIAM L. BIRCH, CHARLES OZUK This photograph of bomber planes lined up on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific is signed by six crew members and pilots of the Doolittle Raid Photograph signed: “Charles J. Ozuk/Crew#3 Plane #40-2270”, “Bill Bower/Pit Crew #12”, “Tom Griffin/Nav. Cl #9”, “Frank A. Kappeler/Navigator, Crew #11”, “William L. Birch/Bombardier Crew #11”, “Chase J. Nielson/Navigator Crew #6” all in black ink. 10×8. Although it inflicted little physical damage on Japan, Doolittle’s raid was a huge morale booster for the American people, who had been hearing of one defeat after another since Japan’s commenced the Pacific phase of World War II, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender of the surrender of Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines (April 8, 1942). Sixteen stripped down B-25 bombers, especially equipped to take off from the flight deck of the carrier Hornet, were launched from the extreme edge of their range to bomb industrial targets in the Japanese homeland. Forced to take off early because they had been sighted by Japanese pickets, the bombers made crash landings short of their destination in China. Miraculously, 72 of the 80 crew members survived, four dying on the mission and four more in Japanese captivity. In addition to the morale boost, the raid had strategic significance, solidifying support among Japanese military planners for Admiral Yamamoto’s ultimately disastrous attack on Midway Island in the central Pacific. Corners slightly rounded. otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 344051
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