The Doolittle Raid
Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:17 PM
Prior to raiding Japan, each plane of the Doolittle raid was loaded with ten 5 gallon cans of aviation fuel.
I've read that the crew members were told not to discard them from the plane individually but to discard all of them at once after they all had been used. Apparently, it was felt that by discarding them individually, if found by the Japanese, this could lead them straight to the Hornet.
I've also read that they were told to puncture holes in them prior to discarding them so that they would sink and not float.
My question is "Why would the crew members want to discard empty fuel cans? Why not just leave them on the plane?"
So presuming that the empy fuel cans were somehow discarded during the flight to Japan, why was this done?
Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:22 PM
Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:28 PM
Posted 19 July 2009 - 02:28 AM
B-25's are small and space is a premium. An argument could also be made that the empty fuel cans presented an explosion hazard.
I would lean toward this. Gasoline fumes are most dangerous than the liquid and the cans would be full of fumes.
Posted 14 September 2009 - 10:00 PM
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Jimmy Doolittle received the Congressional Medal of Honor for planning and leading the Tokyo Raid. He was promoted to General, and later in the war vast bomber fleets under his command dropped countless bombs on Germany and Japan, but he is best remember for the first four bombs he dropped over Tokyo in April 1942, America's first victory.
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:48 AM
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