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us: Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993



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    • us: Doolittle, Jimmy, 1896-1993
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    • found: His Accelerations in flight, 1925.
    • found: Cohen, S. Destination, Tokyo, c1983: p. 6, etc. (James Harold Doolittle; Jimmy Doolittle)
    • found: Washington post, Sept. 29, 1993: p. D4 (Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle; d. Sept. 27, 1993; doctorate in aero. sci., MIT)
    • found: biography.com, August 7, 2013 (Jimmy Doolittle; General, Pilot; Full Name: James Harold Doolittle; born December 14, 1896 in Alameda, California; died September 27, 1993 in Pebble Beach, California; educated at Los Angeles Junior College, University of California School of Mines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; American aviator and general Jimmy Doolittle led an air raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor)
    • found: Oxford Companion to U.S. Military History, via WWW, August 7, 2013 (James Harold Doolittle (1896-1993); Army Air Force Officer; Doolittle, a man of brilliant scientific ability, received one of the first U.S. doctorates in aeronautical engineering from MIT in 1925; after joining the Army Signal Corps in 1917, he transferred to the reserves in 1930; he pioneered instrument flying and won several airplane races; in the 1930s, as a manager in Shell Petroleum, "Jimmy" Doolittle pushed the development of high-octane aviation fuels, which permitted the creation of the advanced piston engines powering World War II U.S. combat aircraft; he continued to fly as a test and racing pilot, establishing flight time and speed records; after returning him to active duty in 1940, the Army Air Forces in January 1942 selected him to lead the first bombing mission against Japan; the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo by B-25 bombers unched from U.S. aircraft carriers earned him a jump in rank to brig. general and a Medal of Honor; in November 1942, Doolittle led the U.S. Twelfth Air Force into North Africa, and in November 1943 he headed the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy; in January 1944, he took command of the Eighth Air Force in Britain, which he controlled until V-E Day; his promotion of aggressive fighter escort tactics gained the Americans air superiority over Germany; after the war, he served on numerous government commissions)
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