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Author Higbee, Paul, author.

Title The first strike : Doolittle raider Don Smith / Paul Higbee.

Publication Info. Pierre : South Dakota Historical Society Press, [2019]


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 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  940.5449 HIGBEE    Check Shelf
Description xii, 195 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Black Hills Boyhood -- Smith Earns His Wings -- Training for War -- The Special Project -- Bombing Kobe -- The Final Trip -- Remembering the Raiders -- Appendix I: The Crews of the Doolittle Raid -- Appendix II: Don Smith and World War II Timeline.
Summary "A secret bombing mission, a crash-landing, a bold escape-far from the plains of his homeland, World War II pilot Donald G. ("Don") Smith swam toward unknown terrain, having just played a significant role in the legendary American military venture, the Doolittle Raid. Commanding Plane Fifteen, a B-25 nicknamed TNT, the twenty-four-year-old Smith successfully led his squad to their target in Japan and, after a watery landing, to safety through Japanese-occupied territory in China. Seven months after the Doolittle Raid, Smith died when his new bomber crashed during a routine exercise over the English countryside. He left behind a family and a community that had, only months before, welcomed him home during a brief reprieve from fighting. In his short life, Smith made an indelible impression on those who served with him, but he left behind no personal recollections of his experience. Until now, his story was known only to a close few, surviving through the frequent letters he wrote home to his parents in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Author Paul Higbee follows Smith from his childhood through college, flight training, and Army Air Corps service, highlighting the young man's transformation from South Dakota boy to American hero. Higbee reveals the excitement, danger, and pride of the eighty men who took part in the first American attack on Japan and the uncertainty of life in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Smith's story reflects lives forever altered by wartime experiences, whether on land or in the air"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Smith, Donald G., 1918-1942.
Tokyo (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1942.
Bomber pilots -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group (Medium), 17th -- Biography.
United States. Army Air Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993.
Belle Fourche (S.D.) -- Biography.
South Dakota -- Biography.
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993. (OCoLC)fst00008810
United States. Army Air Forces. (OCoLC)fst00549671
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group (Medium), 17th. (OCoLC)fst00781626
Bomber pilots. (OCoLC)fst00835785
Military operations, Aerial -- American. (OCoLC)fst01710199
South Dakota. (OCoLC)fst01204322
Japan -- Tokyo. (OCoLC)fst01204835
South Dakota -- Belle Fourche. (OCoLC)fst01228908
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Bombardment of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan : 1942) (OCoLC)fst01352116
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Doolittle raider Don Smith
ISBN 9781941813126 hardcover
1941813127 hardcover
Standard No. 40029703308
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