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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo free pdf Ted W. Lawson's classic Thirty Seconds over Tokyo appears in an enhanced reprint edition on the sixtieth anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Japan. "One of the worst feelings about that time," Ted W. Lawson writes, "was that there was no tangible enemy. It was like being slugged with a single punch in a dark room, and having no way of knowing where to slug back." He added, "And, too, there was a helpless, filled-up, want-to-do-something feeling that [the Japanese] weren't coming - that we'd have to go all the way over there to punch back and get even." Which is what happened. Lawson gives a vivid eyewitness account of the unorthodox assignment that 85 intrepid volunteer airmen - the "Tokyo Raiders" - under the command of celebrated flier James H. Doolittle executed in April 1942. The plan called for sixteen B-25 twin-engine medium bombers of the Army Air Corps to take off from the aircraft carrier Hornet, bomb industrial targets in Japan, and land at airfields in China. While the raid came off flawlessly, completely surprising the enemy, a shortage of fuel caused by an early departure, bad weather, and dark-ness took a heavy toll of the raiders. For many, the escape from China proved a greater ordeal. Peter B. Mersky provides new information on the genesis of the raid, places it into the context of the early operations against Japan, and updates Ted Lawson's biography.

About Ted W. Lawson

Ted W. Lawson (1917-1992) was a native of California. He joined the Army Air Corps while working for Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica and received his wings in November 1940. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he volunteered for a secret mission that evolved into the raid on Tokyo in April 1942. Random House published his account of the raid, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, in 1943. Lawson subsequently served as technical advisor to MGM during the making of the popular wartime movie based on his book. After retiring from military service in 1945, he reentered private industry and worked on several projects that involved aircraft and space programs. Peter B. Mersky is series editor for Brassey's Aviation Classics. He has written or co-authored a dozen books, including A History of Marine Corps Aviation, some 100 magazine articles on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation, and hundreds of book reviews. He is retired from both the U.S. Naval Reserve and Approach, the Navy and Marine Corps aviation safety magazine, for which he served as editor.

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Author : Ted W. Lawson
Publisher : Brassey's US
Data Published : 22 July 2002
ISBN : 1574885081
EAN : 9781574885088
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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