Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Doolittle Raid on Japan: Following the Raid

Following the raid, Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, USAAF, was promoted to Brigadier General and later to Lieutenant General, commanding the Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces in the North African and Mediterranean Theaters in 1942-43.  In the last two years of the war, he commanded the Eighth Air Force in both the European and Pacific Theatres.   Returning to private industry after the war, he was promoted to four-star rank in 1985 on the Air Force Retired List.   Doolittle died in 1993.    The images below pertain to General James Doolittle and the men who survived the raid.  

Image:  111-SC-148534:  Decoration of Tokyo Fliers by Madame Chiang Kai Shek at Chungking, China, June 29, 1942.  Shown:  Enlisted men receive awards from Madame Shek.  U.S. Army Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.  (2017/05/02).