Two Flights to Victory : From the Doolittle Raid to the Enola Gay

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  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2012-04-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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The story of the Doolittle Raid and Hiroshima--two air attacks that changed the world, with new interviews with Doolittle Raid veterans Using extensive research and previously unpublished information, this is an account of events that transformed combat, as the long-range bomber emerged as the most important strategic strike tool in modern warfare, and changed the political landscape of the 20th century. As World War II drew to a close, the U.S. launched two air attacks that would secure victory and peace, but at a terrible cost. The only such attacks on Japan that were not part of the overall battle plan, they changed the course of human history, and one man was involved in both actions. Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle was the leader of the Doolittle Raid in which 16 B-25 bombs struck at Tokyo and neighboring cities, forcing the withdrawal of Japanese troops--the outcome was that the Allies never lost another battle all the way to Japan. When it was deemed necessary to drop the atomic bomb, it was Doolittle who put forward his 12th Air Force comrade Paul Tibbets, the pilot who flew the Enola Gaywith its deadly cargo to Hiroshima. This book presents the fascinating story of these significant air attacks connected by one man, and reveals why they were developed apart from the main Allied strategy and how the pilots were selected for their missions.

Author Biography

David G. Styles is the author of 18 books including Moto Guzzi and Volvo 1800. He was a media representative at the 2002 Doolittle Raiders' Reunion and the international correspondent for the 2003 event.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 11
James Harold Doolittlep. 15
The Foundations of Conflictp. 28
Preparing for a Secret Missionp. 42
The Doolittle Raidp. 54
After the Raidp. 69
Meeting in North Africap. 80
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jrp. 96
The Manhattan Projectp. 108
Bringing the B-29 to the 509thp. 115
At Wendover Fieldp. 124
On the Island of Tinianp. 134
Mission to Hiroshimap. 144
Mission to Nagasakip. 160
After the Bombp. 168
The Future of Strategic Bombingp. 176
Peoplep. 178
Shipsp. 209
Aircraftp. 214
Military Organisationsp. 235
The Doolittle Targetsp. 252
The Doolittle Raidersp. 258
The B-29s of the 393rdp. 270
By the Same Authorp. 280
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 282
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