A modified B-25B Mitchell medium bomber takes off from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) to attack the Home Islands of Imperial Japan on April 18, 1942, about 170-miles short of their planned takeoff point after the carrier task force was spotted by an enemy patrol ship. The bombers launched earlier than desired but for the most part managed to hit their assigned targets. Then after 13 hours in the air the crews crash-landed or bailed out in various places in China as they made their way from Japan – the only intact aircraft was one B-25 which landed in the Soviet Far East and was interned with its crew by the Soviets. None of the bombers were shot down by enemy fighters or anti-aircraft fire. (Photo courtesy of 28th Bomb Wing Historian’s office)
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