Styles, David Two Flights to Victory

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Two Flights to Victory

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The story of the Doolittle Raid and Hiroshima—two air attacks that changed the world, with new interviews with Doolittle Raid veterans Using extensive research and previously unpublished information, this is an account of events that transformed combat, as the long-range bomber emerged as the most important strategic strike tool in modern warfare, and changed the political landscape of the 20th century. As World War II drew to a close, the U.S. launched two air attacks that would secure victory and peace, but at a terrible cost. The only such attacks on Japan that were not part of the overall battle plan, they changed the course of human history, and one man was involved in both actions. Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle was the leader of the Doolittle Raid in which 16 B-25 bombs struck at Tokyo and neighboring cities, forcing the withdrawal of Japanese troops—the outcome was that the Allies never lost another battle all the way to Japan. When it was deemed necessary to drop the atomic bomb, it was Doolittle who put forward his 12th Air Force comrade Paul Tibbets, the pilot who flew the Enola Gay with its deadly cargo to Hiroshima. This book presents the fascinating story of these significant air attacks connected by one man, and reveals why they were developed apart from the main Allied strategy and how the pilots were selected for their missions.

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David G. Styles is the author of 18 books including Moto Guzzi and Volvo 1800. He was a media representative at the 2002 Doolittle Raiders' Reunion and the international correspondent for the 2003 event.

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"The book is well organized with the storyline being well presented."  —American Aviation Historical Society  

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Book Description Spellmount, Stroud, 2011. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. During the Second World War, the United States launched two air attacks that would secure victory and peace, but at a terrible cost. Developed in total secrecy, they were the only such attacks on Japan that were not part of any other battle plan. The first took place on 18 April 1942, and became known as the Doolittle Raid, named for its leader, Lieutenant-Colonel James H. Doolittle. Sixteen B-25 bombers - the first twin-engined bombers ever to take off from an aircraft carrier - struck at Tokyo and neighbouring cities, forcing the withdrawal of Japanese troops from the Pacific islands and assuring that the Allies never lost another battle all the way to Japan. During the development of the B-29 Superfortress - the aircraft that would eventually carry the atom bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki - General Henry Arnold asked Doolittle for his 'best damned bomber pilot' to take over the B-29 flight test programme. Doolittle recommended his 12th Air Force bomb leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Tibbets, who went on to command the 509th Composite Group, the unit created to drop the bomb. He trained the B-29 crews, planned the missions and himself flew the Enola Gay on 6 August 1945 when it dropped 'Little Boy' on Hiroshima. In "Two Flights to Victory", historian David Styles presents the remarkable story of these significant air attacks and reveals why they were developed apart from the main Allied strategy. It is an account of events that transformed combat, when the long-range bomber emerged as the most important strategic strike tool in modern warfare, and changed the political landscape of the twentieth century. Using extensive research and previously unpublished information, including interviews with veterans of the Doolittle Raid, and complimented by over 200 photographs, "Two Flights to Victory" is a fascinating read and sheds new light on the men and machines that carried out two of the most controversial missions of the Second World War. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 155403

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