Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

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AMERICA STRIKES BACK!
After Pearl Harbor, America seemed to have lost the war before it had begun. Allied forces were being beaten across the Pacific by the Japanese military juggernaut, and morale was at the breaking point. America desperately needed to strike back at the enemy. For this, a corps of heroic volunteer fliers led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle began training to attack the very heart of the Japanese Empire -- Tokyo.
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Overview

AMERICA STRIKES BACK!
After Pearl Harbor, America seemed to have lost the war before it had begun. Allied forces were being beaten across the Pacific by the Japanese military juggernaut, and morale was at the breaking point. America desperately needed to strike back at the enemy. For this, a corps of heroic volunteer fliers led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle began training to attack the very heart of the Japanese Empire -- Tokyo.
To succeed, the "Tokyo Raiders" would have to launch sixteen fully loaded B-25 twin-engine medium bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet -- something never done before -- and land at airfields in China. Through courage and luck, the raid itself went flawlessly. But bad weather, lack of fuel, and darkness worked against many of the pilots -- and for many, escaping China proved even more perilous than the mission....
This gripping eyewitness account -- hailed as "the most stirring story of individual heroism that [the war] has so far produced" (The New York Times) -- is one of the most daring missions in military aviation history: the legendary Doolittle Raid.
INCLUDES HISTORIC PHOTOS - SOME NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
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Library Journal
The publisher inaugurates its "Aviation Classics" series with this 1943 narrative of Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Japan in answer to Pearl Harbor, which Lawson experienced firsthand as a bomber pilot. This edition has twice as many photos as the original, as well as a new introduction by series editor and military historian Peter B. Mersky. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the surprise bombing of the Japanese capital in April of 1942, US Army Air Corp pilot Lawson's (1917-92) personal account is reprinted from its 1943 publication by Random House. The new edition includes many more photographs and commentary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743474337
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 220,551
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted W. Lawson (1917-1992) was a native of California. He joined the Army Air Corps while working for the 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 a technical adviser 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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Introduction xv
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo 1
Postscript 189
After One Year 205
Letters 215
About the Author 221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    FREEDOM FOR AMERICA

    'THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO' BY TED LAWSON A PILOT FOR THE B-25 MISSION FOR REVENGE PEARL HARBOR . THIS IS A REALLY GREAT MISSION SO IT IS A REALLY DETAILED MISSION AND THIS PUBLICATION GIVES A GREAT PERSPECTIVE ON THE COURAGE AND WHAT THE LIFES OF WHAT THE WINGMEN DID FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR SOMEBODY SPECIAL.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Great telling of the story that inspired the movie of the same name

    This is the story of the brave airmen who flew B-25 bombers off of the deck of a WWII aircraft carrier, striking the first blow to Japan after the attack on Pearl harbor. The story is told by Ted Lawson, Army Air Force pilot. He recounts the time that led to the mission that helped boost American morale during the dark days just after the American involvement in WWII. He tells of how he went from civilian to pilot, and the planning, execution and aftermath of probably the most famous bombing run short of the atomic bomb runs on Japan late in the war. This is a book that I originally read as a kid, and I really enjoyed reading it again. It is one of those books that once you pick it up, you will find it hard to put down.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Great Flying Book

    A great story about one of the great aviation feats of all time, launching land based bombers off the deck of the aircraft Carrier Hornet for daring mission against the Japan early in World War II. This book is the real deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

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    A Good Read

    This is a very good book if you, or someone you know, is into first hand accounts of historical events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    A great reissue of a wonder book

    I have an old hard copy of this book. The really nice thing about this new issue are the pictures that are included. I originally book the book for that reason. Having read it again, I am impressed at what our fellow country men went through. We know the outcome of WWII now, but these guys didn't. I can't imagine what it would be like to fly a mission where you didn't think you would live through it. The pain of the airmen's wounds brings home how tough it was for them after the bombing of Japan was done. The hardest part for most of them was not being caught by the Japanese and making it back to the U.S. The new forward by Mrs. Lawson is a nice addition. I rated this book 4 stars because it was one of the few books written by anyone of the particpants in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Makes You Appreciate These Men

    Excellent, excellent book. It's written at the right level for readers of varying ages - high school history student or adult just interested in history. It's a very easy, fast read that keeps the reader interested throughout the text. It really gives one an appreciation of the difficulties that these flyers had to overcome not only training on flying Army bombers from a Navy ship not designed for that kind of mission or aircraft, but also with the difficulties that the flyers had to encounter trying to get to safety in China. Those men were extraordinarily brave and determined, and there story is an exciting one to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    This Is A Very Good WWII Book.

    This book explains of the training of a special B-24 unit that is assigned to bomb Tokyo. This squadron soon leaves for Tokyo on the U.S.S. Hornet. After a sucessful raid the pilots make a course for China to land and refuel. This book tells how Capt. Ted W. Lawson and his crew make an emergency crash landing on the coast of china. It explains there struggle as they make their way through china to safety. It's a very good book, everyone who enjoys studying WWII should read this one.

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