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Jimmy Doolittle
Original name: James Harold Doolittle
Birth: Dec. 14, 1896
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1993
Pebble Beach
Monterey County
California, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Aviation Pioneer. He was born in Alameda, California, in 1896, but his family moved to Nome, Alaska, when he was 4-years-old. He showed a keen interest in flying from an early age. At the age of 15, he built a glider from plans he found in Popular Mechanics magazine. While at the University of California, he studied mining engineering, but left college with one year remaining to join the United States Army Signal Corps as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, which were headed to Europe in World War I. Once the war was over, he set a series of aviation records, including being the first pilot to fly coast to coast in less than a day. In September 1922, he took off from Jacksonville, Florida, and landed in San Diego, California, 20 hours and 30 minutes later. He also made the first instrument flight; taking off, flying, and landing without seeing beyond his instrument panel. In 1927, he earned his Ph.D in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked for Shell Oil Company throughout the 1930s, but was recalled to active duty in 1940 with the rank of Major. He was placed in command of a flying unit that came to be known as "Doolittle's Raiders." On April 18, 1942, 80 pilots flew 16 B-25s from the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet. After the stirring attack on Japan, most of the men were forced to bail out over mainland China. Sixty-nine of them landed in friendly territory. His leadership of the attack earned him the Medal of Honor. The attack was the subject of a 1944 movie, "Thirty Seconds over Tokyo," starring Spencer Tracy. He was placed in command of the 12th Air Force in Britain, the 15th Air Force, which took part in the invasion of North Africa and Italy, and the 8th Air Force, which later attacked Germany. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1944, and held the rank of General when he left the Army in 1946. He returned to once again work for Shell Oil after the service. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died in Pebble Beach, California. His MOH was presented to him on June 9, 1942. His citation states: For conspicuous leadership above the call of duty, involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life. With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or to perish at sea, Gen. Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
Family links: 
  Frank Henry Doolittle (1865 - 1917)
  Rosa Cerenah Shephard Doolittle (1866 - 1930)
  Josephine Elsie Daniels Doolittle (1895 - 1988)
  James Harold Doolittle (1920 - 1958)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 7A, Site 110
GPS (lat/lon): 38.87687, -77.0713
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Honoring you and your brave Raiders on the 75th Anniversary of the Tokyo RaidGod bless you General Doolittle and your brace crews now and forever. Lest we forget your services and sacrifice to our nation.
- Alex Boras
 Added: Apr. 18, 2017
God bless you throughout Spring, the Season in which Life is eternally renewed. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Apr. 12, 2017
My Grandfather was proud to have served under you, sir...he would tell anyone who'd listen that he once had the honor of saluting Jimmy Doolittle. Now, so do I. Rest well, sir, we have it from here.
- Granddaughter of PFC Benefield/Crew Chief 20th ADG
 Added: Apr. 3, 2017
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