James H. Doolittle: I Could Never Be So Lucky Again An Autobiography of James H Jimmy Doolittle



F the 12th Air Force and partnered with Patton to kick the Bosch off the continent of Africa and after he commanded the 15th Air Force in the Med There was a time when every American knew the story of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo just four months and a week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Since I ve been working as a volunteer tour guide at a major air museum however I ve discovered this is no longer true so every time I walk the group past our B 25 Mitchell bomber I retell the story It was only natural then that I would turn to Doolittle s autobiography to learn about this aviation pioneerAnd pioneer he was One of the early Army Air Corps aviators Doolittle was the first pilot to fly and land on instruments alone He was also a bit of a daredevil and a loose cannon wrecking plane after plane performing aerobatics over crowded cities he was also the first pilot to fly an outside loop flying under bridges taking wives and friends on unauthorized flights in Army aircraft he wouldn t have lasted a minute in today s Air Force Out of active duty in the 1930s he became one of the nation s most famous air racers piloting horribly dangerous aircraft like the infamous Gee Bee He rejoined the Army Air Corps just before WWII and in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor was selected to lead the Tokyo raid During the remainder of WWII he served at high military levels in the invasions of North Africa Italy and Germany As air commander during these campaigns he was a strong advocate for airpower and an independent US Air Force indeed he played a role in the creation of the USAF in 1947A busy life and one full of contributions I only wish he d been forthcoming in his autobiography Oh he tells the fullest version of the Tokyo raid mission I ve et read he s honest about his daredevil past and he s frank about his wartime differences with various military leaders including Eisenhower and The Accidental Romance yet I sensed throughout that Doolittle was holding back not really speaking his mind Indeed once Doolittle gets into his military activities after the Tokyo raid he mostly uotes letters of commendation and award citations military fluff that bears only an approximate resemblance to reality He pulls his punches he doesn t tell us what he really thinksFor additional insights into the Tokyo raid Doolittle s autobiography is a vital supplement to books such as Ted Lawson s Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo For a feel of the unregulated frankly dangerous state of American aviation prior to the development of navigational aids and instrument flight Doolittle delivers But everything after Tokyo Doolittle lets us down gently but still down If this book is not onour shelf all dog eared and worn from being read so many times then ou should go out and get it NOWAnyone who knows anything about aviation knows that Doolittle was THE original aviation pioneer He did everything PhD in aeronautical sciences racing pilot Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant General he did it allThis book is highly recommended This is the story about a person who dreamed big and executed those dreams and then some He was not the kind to wait for opportunities to come his way he went out and made them Read it now that is an order This was one of the most candid accounts of air combat that I have ever read James Doolittle perfectly captures the events of the Tokyo Raids and the sweet message of revenge that they delivered that day. Imself can tell it Doolittle tells a story of the sucesses and adventures the triumphs and tragedies of a true American hero a far seeing leader whose courage devotion and daring changed the course of modern history and continues to make its influence felt to this

Fell through the cracks during hospitalization similar to issues with today s Veterans Administration He took control and resolved the situation directly with one individual noting I won t repeat what I said because it would burn a hole in this pageOne who writes an autobiography has the liberty to select an individual to write a Forward I found it interesting that Doolittle nominated Goldwater who chose not to list his name as US Senator Goldwater or Maj General Goldwater USAF Ret but simply Barry M Goldwater Scottsdale Arizona Doolittle bonded with Goldwater writing of his 1964 campaign He abhorred war but believed that we could maintain peace only through strength He also believed that we must earn national prestige and world respect He was for a balanced budget and was opposed to deficit spending Thoughts 52 ears ago which transcend time Most of all Doolittle appreciated Goldwater s honesty which was also one of Doolittle s strongest character traits It s also not a spoiler to discuss the title that Doolittle inked I could Never Be So Lucky Again It did not pertain to his heroic achievements but rather he considered himself lucky that his wife Joe married him Outstanding autobiography of a remarkable man whose life made a difference in civilian and military aeronautics His courage and leadership we instrumental in the allied victories in both the European and Pacific theaters of war His direct approach to problem solving got in my trouble many times with military leaders throughout the war If it were not for the results he provided he might have been removed from command than once I appreciated his tribute throughout the book to his wife Jo and her contribution to their marriage their family the war effort and his career She was a truly remarkable woman Reading this book was like Christmas with Grandma Elsie (The Original Elsie Dinsmore Classics you re just sitting down with Jimmy Doolittle as he tellsou his life Nothing pretentious just a fascinating story of a one of a kind man From being born on the Yukon river in gold rush Alaska growing up in California and his need for education before WW1 His efforts to make flying safer during the 1920 s developing instruments and techniues to fly blind and his getting a Doctorate in engineering from MIT He made a name for himself as a racing and acrobatic flyer He was always seeking to advance flying however he could When the country was still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor he led the bombing raid on Japan in April of 1942 They shook up the Japanese doing something that was not supposed to happen especially as Japanese forces were still on a winning streak later that Doctor Who year he was put in charge of the 12th Air Force in North Africa of his trials and tribulations building it up from nothing into a fine fighting force Later in the war he was made commander of the 8th Air Force in England I enjoyed Doolittle s autobiography very much He was a mover and a shaker in his time This is probably the best autobiography I ve ever read It is well written upbeat informative and fun We know him for the Doolittle Raid and the Medal of Honor he won for his execution of it but there is so much to this guy He was a pioneer of aviation a champion of several air races barnstormer and record setting pilot He was the first pilot to fly by instruments and he was the first man in the United States to earn a PhD in aeronautics and he did it in twoears at MIT During WWII he was the head T of modern aviation technology During World War II he served his country as a fearless and innovative air warrior organizing and leading the devastating raid against Japan Now for the first time here is his life story modest revealing and candid as only Doolittle

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Update 14 April 2019The last sole survivor and Co Pilot to Gen Doolittle passed away 5 days ago Lt Col Richard Cole Rest in Peace I am grateful for ഹിമവാന്റെ മുകള്‍ത്തട്ടില്‍ Himavante Mukalthattil your service to our nation This book was a wonderful recounting of a life unit and familyThis story is the story of every American that ever wanted to do better The inspiration in this book is simply going to overtake anywone interested in the Second World War the First World War the in between warears and beyond the Cold War General Doolittle was a great American a patriot a person that believed in taking care of family first He wasn t perfect mind ou but this poor kid from the streets of Los Angeles would grow to become one the foremost inspirational stories of the colossal beginning of the Second World War with the famed 30 Seconds over Tokyo raid that would change the beaten morale of a nation at war I read this book 4 times following my initial read completion date of 30 August 2009 It is simply that good Despite the surname Doolittle did it all His autobiography recounts his early career as a boxer pioneering service in aviation success as a racer and test pilot and instrumental role in the Pacific and Mediterranean theater He earned a PhD from MIT as well as a silver star three Flying Crosses two Service Medals and of course the Medal of Honor On top of that he won the era s most prestigious trophies the Bendix Thompson and Schneider As if this weren t enough he ended his career as a full fledged General In short this guy was one of modern history s most accomplished figures and it s a true shame that his name isn t withstanding the forgetfulness of time An autobiography well worth our attention Had he limited his story to WWII the book would have easily earned a five star rating He went with his entire life and that diminished the effect Joe his wife was one tremendous lady in marriage Jimmy was one helluva lucky guyThe last bit about Barry Goldwater Ronnie Raygun et al I could have lived without God Having thoroughly enjoyed a biography of 4 star General James H Jimmy Doolittle USAF I could not pass up reading his autobiography Doolittle s book is foremost a historical account of his career as an aviator with details focusing on 20th Century aviation RD Much of the book was lacking information regarding his private life but then again over the 71 Myself and Other More Important Matters years of marriage to his wife Joe Josephine he was also married to the US Army Air Corps and the USAF However in the final chapters Doolittle opened up and discussed one very intimate family circumstanceAt 5 4 Doolittle maintained excellent physical condition through exercise and boxing It was a testament to his ability and character that he was chosen at age 45 to lead 16 fully loaded B 25 bombers off an aircraft carrier to bomb Tokyo on April 18 1942 The secretive coordinated joint effort of US Army aviators supported by the US Navy was a moment in history serving partially as payback for Pearl Harbor On short notice the takeoff was moved up several hours and Doolittle recalled the Klaxon horn blared at 8 AM Now hear this Now hear this Army pilots manour planes For his heroic effort Doolittle received the Medal of Honor As commander Doolittle cared for the safety of all his men who voluntarily served on the mission There were survivors and others who did not return to America Doolittle was particularly incensed after learning of one ill survivor who. Pilot scholar daredevil general James Jimmy Doolittle was one of America greatest heroes In a life filled with adventure and achievement Doolittle did it all As a stunt pilot he thrilled the world with his aerial acrobatics As a scientist he pioneered the developmen.

Famous for leading the Tokyo Raid America's first strike against Japan in World War II Jimmy Doolittle lived a remarkable life as an American pilot A scientist with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from MIT an aviation pioneer who was the first to fly across the United States in less than 24 hours and the first to fly blind using only his plane's instruments a barnstormer well know