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James Harold Doolittle


Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for leading the 'Doolittle Raid' in April 1942 in which 16 B-25 bombers were launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet CV8 to bomb targets in Japan. Aircraft overflew Japan and landed in China, where the surviving crews evaded with the aid of Chinese partisans. Taps 1994.

MOH/ DSM w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster/ SS/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters/ BSM/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters/ American Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star/ American Campaign Medal/ Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 bronze campaign star/ European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 1 silver and 3 bronze campaign stars/ WW II Victory Medal/ Armed Forces Reserve Medal/ Legion d'honneur (France)/ Bolivian Order of Condor/ Chinese Medal/ Grand Officer of French LOH/ Croix de Guerre w/ palm/ Knight of Companion of Order of Bath

In Memoriam

'In all my 83 years on this planet, I have never seen anyone as worthy of having a candle lit for them than General James Doolittle.
I am a USAF, 26 year M/Sgt., retired. For many years I was a member in the James Doolittle chapter of the Air Force Association; of which I am a life member. In the 1920's he won air races, set aviation records, plus he developed flying and equipment capabilities. In 1944, in England, he commanded a 200,000 strong 8th Air Force that flew 600,000 sorties, dropped 700,00 tons of bombs and destroyed more than 15,000 German aircraft. Thanks to his leadership and the great crews under him; millions of people owe their lives to him today.'
Remembered by George L Warrick Jr, Clovis, CA



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    Military | Major General | Command Pilot, Combat Observer, A-2 Berlin 1938-41, AWPD-42 Secretary of Air, Ultra-cleared, POW | 379th Bomb Group
    Hazebruck, France (marshalling yards) 27 June 1944 mission. 'Big Barn Smell,' had #4 engine on fire, four of the crew bailed out by order of the pilot and the remainder of the crew stayed with the Ship. The flames went out and the ship landed safely in...

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Units served with

  • Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)

    Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)

    8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...


Event Location Date
Born Alameda, California 14 December 1896
Died Pebble Beach, Del Monte Forest, CA, USA 27 September 1993

Plot Section 7A, Grave 110


Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 20:36:41 jmoore43 Changes to events

Updated a Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 2454.

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2020 16:05:51 decwriter Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and awards

NARA files and biography lists General Doolittle's awards and decorations. He has several files with his officer number, which show 0-271855 and 0-271885. His Medal of Honor file lists 0-271855.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 23:06:29 WD-C Mustang Changes to middlename, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 16:44:02 Emily Changes to memoriam

George L Warrick Jr, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force, February 1945; The Mighty Eighth by Roger Freeman