Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Quote of the Day...

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt, on his inauguration as U.S. President.

Two dates in History today... Coincidences...

1942 - James H. Doolittle and his squadron, from the USA Hornet, raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

This raid came as surpirze to the Japanese so soon after Pearl Harbor- albeit had little physical effect in terms of total damage.

The impact shattered Japanese concept its homeland was out of reach at that time of American forces. While victory was still far off it boosted the morale of US troops and the American public- it also was seen as a early form of "payback" but the worst was still to come.

Same Date-1943
- Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, was shot down by American P-38 fighters.

"On the morning of April 18, despite urgings by local commanders to cancel the trip for fear of ambush, Yamamoto's planes left Rabaul as scheduled for the 315-mile trip. Shortly after, eighteen specially-fitted P-38s took off from Guadalcanal. They wave-hopped most of the 430 miles to the rendezvous point, maintaining radio silence throughout. At 09:34 Tokyo time, the two flights met and a dogfight ensued between the P-38s and the six Zeroes escorting Yamamoto." Wilkpedia