Commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II Victory. - www.USwhitebox.com
This Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' B-25 was tracked and viewed with a "cloud-based radar and monitor" over San Francisco Bay, from where WW2 Victory started. Free Download this Internet radar monitoring system to see what is up there in your flight, your cars...etc.
War Birds in SFO Bay Area, 2015
Guess if you can - Where are they? What are the planes and the huge structure in the background?
Victory Started Here! - Doolittle Raid and the Battle of East China
Doolittle raid and the Battle of East China were not only a strategic victory for the joint allied resistance against Japan, but also the starting point of the Allies’ victory over Axis powers during World War Two. WW2 was a global war. This research shall focus on the far-reaching impact and ramifications of the raid to the War, all the way to what happened after the War, rather than some tactical details in the battles. Recent American historian studies indicated that this series of events leaded to the establishment of Jewish state of Israel after WW2.
April 18, 1942, Japanese home islands were bombed for the first time. American land-based B-25 Mitchell bombers launched from carrier Hornet, attacked Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Nagoya, then crash landed in East China. The audacious operation shocked Japan from inside out, and forced the Supreme Headquarter of Imperial Japan to change course. Occupying Midway proposed by Admiral Yamamoto were approved, but ended up in a disaster equivalent to the defeat of Spanish Armada in 1588, another turning point in world history. The outcome would have been totally different if the Imperial Navy had sent six carriers (as they did in attacking Pearl Harbor) instead of only four in one task force to Midway. That was all eggs in one basket - a tactician should never do. The reason was that heavy defense forces 'had to' be deployed in the home islands (indicated in Yamamoto's biography) to fight against similar Doolittle-styled attacks (that Americans had never intended to do). Japanese high commands were psychologically disoriented, and logistically disorganized by the raid. Japan lost the initiative ever since, could no longer dispatch war resources effectively. As a result, the vast oversea forces were stretched beyond the limits and could not fight as good as they should have.
Doolittle's B-25, fully laden with fuel and bombs, is taking off from the carrier USS Hornet like a stunt.
One B-25 made it to the Soviet Union due to an uncertain reason (engine or fuel problem, or else special mission to test the water of the Soviets). All but three of the crews survived, however, all the B-25's were lost. Eight crewmen were captured by the Japanese Army in China and three of these were executed. The B-25 that landed in the Soviet Union at Vladivostok was confiscated and its crew interned for more than a year because Stalin was not to make enemy with Japan, not a war of two fronts.
The only two surviving Doolittle Raiders in 2015 are:
Flight No. 1 Crew Co-pilot Richard Cole celebrated his 100 year-old birthday in September 2015.
and Flight No.7 Crew Staff Sgt. David Thatcher 93
Blood Chits were for Flying Tiger pilots in case they were downed behind Japanese lines. It reads “Americans came here to fight; soldiers and citizens, all in one, are obliged to rescue and protect them. -Aeronautical Commission Decree No. 0042”. Many of the Doolittle raiders were rescued miraculously. Chinese soldiers and civilians paid appalling costs for the cause in the Battle of East China following the Doolittle raid.
This battle and the following chain of events led to the victory in Allies’ favor. Not only a victory for the resistance against Japan in China, it was also the beginning of the end of the Axis powers. The Imperial Combined Fleet of Japan turned to attack Midway, meant to destroy American carrier fleet. But the task force were almost annihilated by Nimitz with inferior numbers. United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and his war staff trusted in the Chinese resistance’s seamless cooperation with the Americans. Japan was tied down in the quick sands of China since 1937. Without a superior carrier force, Japan could no longer be a threat to the Continental United States. FDR then threw most of the available war resource to North Africa to fight Germans, and defeated Rommel the Desert Fox*. FDR was criticized for fighting the wrong enemy. General McArthur also complained in his memoir that he was not sure whether his enemy was in the front or back in Washington D.C.? In fact, this was the successful, implicit “Europe first, Asia can wait” policy during the early stages of the global war effort. Studies of the declassified code-breaking and other intelligence documents suggested that Churchill and FDR were aware of that German war machines could be remarkably innovative and resilient with the only exception of Adolf Hitler (He was capable of spoiling every German technology and military achievement with his Fuhrer's instinct and power). Japanese were still in the medieval belief that the Emperor was the God. Japanese industry was a quick follower, not a forerunner. If the Allies had not defeated Nazi German in time, V-1、V-2 missiles and jet fighters Me-262 could have changed the balance in battlefields. Normandy could have been the worst military disaster in history.
*“From Midway to the Mideast” suggests that the Jewish state of Israel would not be possible after WWII if FDR had not done so. There is a line that intimately connects these events. Robert M. Morgenthau and Frank M. Tuerkheimer, a professor at the University of Wisconsin have an interesting piece about relationship between the victory at the Battle of Midway and the creation of the state of Israel.
Due to the anti-war legislation of the Neutrality Act, America was unprepared for war after Pearl Harbor. To make things worse, they were facing enemies in two fronts, a nightmare for any strategist. The Philippines had to be abandoned. Mobilizing war production and training combat forces would take a year. Doolittle Raid was a most significant victory after a series of military humiliations. Thanks to the rescue efforts of the underground Chinese resistance behind enemy lines, most American crews were miraculously got back home. Now imagine this: Just the thought would be chilling. What if the crews as well as all the B-25’s had all been lost? Doolittle himself was very depressed at first about the heavy losses, and thought that he could be court-martialed (He got a Congressional Medal of Honor instead). Japanese wouldn't need to deploy heavy defenses in home islands. There wouldn’t have been the Midway victory. FDR could not have sent available war resources to North Africa because Pearl Harbor, San Francisco and San Diego would be still in check. What would have been the course of WW2 like that?
The string of thing happened offered many opportunities to play with fascinating “what ifs and buts” of history. So readers may have different thoughts. You are welcomed to discuss it because it is a good example to posterity that history is a “close-run thing”, as Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo. Email us: info@WW2V.com
Hollywood is also preserving the history and peace:
The making of "Unbroken": Angelina Jolie broke the curse of 'Unbroken'. The film was first optioned by Universal Studios in 1956. It was never produced because of too much to tell, until now. It is even harder now - there is no actor has the brutal, malevolent look as the Japanese military Fascists in WW2.
Unbroken trailers .... I thought the movie was directed by Clint Eastwood.
Film director Oliver Stone speech in Japan.