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In Ted W. Lawson’s classic Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, Lawson gives a vivid eyewitness account of the unorthodox assignment that 85 intrepid volunteer airmen - the “Tokyo Raiders” - under the command of celebrated flier James H. Doolittle executed in April 1942. 

The plan called for 16 B-25 twin-engine medium bombers of the Army Air Corps to take off from the aircraft carrier Hornet, bomb industrial targets in Japan, and land at airfields in China. While the raid came off flawlessly, completely surprising the enemy, a shortage of fuel caused by an early departure, bad weather, and darkness took a heavy toll of the raiders. 

For many, the escape from China proved a greater ordeal. Peter B. Mersky provides new information on the genesis of the raid, places it in the context of the early operations against Japan, and updates Ted Lawson’s biography.

The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2002 Ellen R. Lawson (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks

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awesome story of a major WWII event

great story and narration of a historical WWII event more folks should hear this. a great listen

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Excitement beyond belief

An amazing story and what a great audio representation of the classic book. I read and enjoyed the hell out of the written book but since my eyes are bad and I don’t read as fast, I purchased the audio since I like to commemorate the anniversary of the raid every year by reading various books on the subject. Captain Lawson is a brave and wonderful man to share his experience with us. I continue to be in awe of the bravery of all men of the time, not a only on the Doolittle raid, but through WW2 as a whole. This is a poignant and timely telling of a high point of US history and will surely bring a tear to your eye when you feel the love the Captain has for his wife, the Chinese people, and his fellow raiders. One of my favorite books has come alive through Audio. Beautiful!!