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Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
     

Thirty Seconds over Tokyo

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by Ted W. Lawson
 

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Ted W. Lawson's classic Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo appears in an enhanced reprint edition for the sixtieth anniversary of the legendary 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

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Ted W. Lawson's classic Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo appears in an enhanced reprint edition for the sixtieth anniversary of the legendary 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 "the Tokyo Raiders" did. Lawson gives a vivid eyewitness account of the unorthodox assignment that eighty-five intrepid volunteer airmen 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 Forces 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, bad weather, darkness, and a shortage of fuel caused by an early departure took a heavy toll on the raiders. For many, the escape from China proved a greater ordeal. This anniversary edition features a foreword by noted aviation writer Peter B. Mersky and an introduction by Mrs. Ellen R. Lawson, Ted Lawson's widow, as well as twice as many photographs as the original book, several published here for the first time.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394846989
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1981
Series:
Landmark Bks.
Pages:
208
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Thirty Seconds over Tokyo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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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blkadder More than 1 year ago
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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Number2468 More than 1 year ago
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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This is a very good book if you, or someone you know, is into first hand accounts of historical events.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.