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A Reminder Not to Overreact in the Western Pacific

Seventy years ago a shocked and wounded United States turned to a hare-brained scheme to strike the Japanese home islands in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. Col. James Doolittle’s 16 B-25 bombers began their airstrike on Tokyo from the USS Hornet’s flight deck, a place they were never designed for, far out in the stormy Pacific Ocean. So outlandish was the notion of a carrier-based bomber attack that FDR’s airy fiction, “They came from Shangri-La,” became legend if not received fact.

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