|Roy Alba of AlbaPaintings.com
|20" X 30" X 1/8", foam board, oil
It's back to the Greatest Generation. The painting is entitled No Guarantee because this sort
of mission which is based on a black & white photo had never been tried before. The Doolittle Raiders flew their U.S.
Army Air Corp B-25's off U.S. Navy's U.S.S. Hornet in stormy seas. In January 1942, Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold
selected Lt. Col. James (Did-a-lot) Doolittle to lead Special Aviation Project No. 1, the bombing of Japan. Although the Doolittle
Raid of April 18, 1942, caused only minor damage, it forced the Japanese to recall combat forces for home defense, raised
fears among the Japanese civilians, and boosted morale among Americans and our Allies abroad. The U.S. Army Air Forces chose
the B-25 for the Doolittle Raid because it was the only aircraft available with the required range, bomb capacity and short
takeoff distance. Sixteen U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched without fighter escort from the
U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Hornet deep in the Western Pacific Ocean, each with a crew of five men. The plan called for
them to bomb military targets in Japan, and to continue westward to land in China—landing a medium bomber on Hornet
was impossible. Fifteen of the aircraft reached China, and the other one landed in the Soviet Union. All but three of the
crew survived, but all the aircraft were lost. Eight crewmen were captured by the Japanese Army in China; three of these were
executed. The B-25 that landed in the Soviet Union at Vladivostok was confiscated and its crew interned for more than a year.
Fourteen crews, except for one crewman, returned either to the United States or to American forces. The song is by Glenn Miller
and his orchestra entitled In the Mood.