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(Jalopnik)   Yesterday we marked the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. Today read about how Doolittle had his bailout cushioned by a pile of shiat   ( foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) divider line
    More: Followup, World War II, Doolittle Raid, Colonel James Doolittle, Mitchell medium bombers, American public morale, Japan, direct American attack, Japanese Home Islands  
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2017-04-19 08:13:06 AM  
This is what was going through his head at the time:

I had to bail out of my aircraft
You'd think that my head would be split
But good luck was with me that morning
I fell in a large pile of...

Shaving cream, be nice and clean
Shave everyday and you'll always look keen
 
2017-04-19 08:13:48 AM  
Jimmy Poolittle, amiright?
 
2017-04-19 08:41:23 AM  
The article says landing in the nightsoil was a blessing because Doolittle had bad ankles, but it doesn't say why he had bad ankles.  You see, back in the '20's he was down in South America doing some barnstorming.  One night at a party he got liquored up and started doing handstands on the rail of the second story balcony.  These drunken handstands ended about as well as you'd expect and he went over the edge.  Doolittle broke both of his ankles in the fall.
 
2017-04-19 08:55:48 AM  

dittybopper: Jimmy Poolittle, amiright?


Now you're trying too hard.
 
2017-04-19 09:42:44 AM  

This text is now purple: dittybopper: Jimmy Poolittle, amiright?

Now you're trying too hard.


OK, guilty as charged.
 
2017-04-19 09:45:32 AM  
And even then, we were bombing schoolchildren, with predictable results:

"Gray strafed what he thought was a factory, complete with a rooftop air defense surveillance tower. But it was Mizumoto Primary School, where students, like many across Japan, attended half-day classes on Saturdays. After school let out at 11 a.m, many students had stayed to help clean classrooms; one died in the strafing attack. At Waseda Middle School, one of Doolittle's incendiaries killed fourth-grader Shigeru Kojima. Children's deaths became a rallying point. A Japanese sergeant later captured by Allied forces described the furor that erupted from the raid. "One father wrote to a leading daily telling of the killing of his child in the bombing of the primary school," his interrogation report stated. "He deplored the dastardly act and avowed his intention of avenging the child's death by joining the army and dying a glorious death."

http://www.historynet.com/aftermath-doolittle-raid-reexamined.htm
 
2017-04-19 11:13:28 AM  
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2017-04-19 11:58:39 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: And even then, we were bombing schoolchildren, with predictable results:


Modern culture would retort with:
"Well they started it! How many children did THEY kill in Hawaii!?!"

The more things change...
 
2017-04-19 12:24:38 PM  

Free Radical: BarkingUnicorn: And even then, we were bombing schoolchildren, with predictable results:

Modern culture would retort with:
"Well they started it! How many children did THEY kill in Hawaii!?!"

The more things change...


Actually, I would retort with this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre

Kids in Hawaii were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack, but like in the Doolittle raid, it was unintentional.  Collateral damage happens.  It's regrettable, but mistakes do happen.

The intentional murder of hundreds of thousands of people, including the rape and murder of children, is an entirely separate thing.
 
2017-04-19 08:39:36 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: And even then, we were bombing schoolchildren, with predictable results:


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2017-04-19 08:42:01 PM  
In a book written by a Zero pilot, he wrote that the attack shut down the Mitsubishi factory for three days.
 
2017-04-20 06:10:37 PM  
I just started reading I Could Never Be So Lucky Again last night, so I'm getting a kick...

/ Great book so far.
 
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