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Re: Historical Speculation - Doolittle Raid
Posted by Douglas C Miller MD,PhD on 4/2/2017, 11:34 am, in reply to "Historical Speculation - Doolittle Raid"
If one accepts your premise, it remains to ask what real difference this might have made. Even with a greater bomb load the individual bomb capacity of a B25 wasn't that great, and even on a slightly larger carrier the number of bombers carried to the raid could not have been much bigger. The actual tactical impact of the raid would therefore not have been different...and the strategic impact, changing Japanese plans so as to attempt to force a showdown battle in which the US carriers might be destroyed, was achieved with the smaller force without a greater bomb load.
: As we are coming up on the 75th Anniversary of
: the Doolittle Raid, I thought I'd ask for a
: bit of speculation. If I read the specs
: correctly, the Saratoga and Lexington had
: almost 100 feet more flight deck than did
: the Hornet. Given that the B-25 bomb loads
: were limited because of the need for extra
: fuel while remaining light due to the short
: length for take off, might Sara or Lex have
: not been better choices from which to launch
: the raid?
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