In early 1942 President Roosevelt asked his top military advisors to find a way to send a message to the Japanese informing them that they had made a big mistake in attacking the United States. With the help of Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and others in the War Dept., an air raid on Japan was planned using B-25 Bombers flown off the deck of an aircraft carrier. The following link is a personal account of the preparation for the raid and the actual attack written by Lieutenant Colonel Edgar “Mac” McElroy (USAF, retired). He was the pilot of aircraft #13 on the Doolittle Raid. While you may have heard this story before, it is a very different account to hear someone tell it in their own words.

[scroll down once you get to the site to read Lt. Col. McElroy’s personal account of the raid]