Army & Navy And Civilian Defense: Sentimental General

Sentimental General Tough, stocky, sentimental James Harold Doolittle, Sc.D., man of culture and scrappy legend of U.S. aviation, received a present from the White House last week. The present: the star of a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Air Forces. To Jimmy Doolittle, onetime crack amateur boxer, who turned his back on a fat job in commercial aviation to get a shot at the Jap, this came at an appropriate time: within the week of the bombing of Tokyo.

He deserved it. Aeronautical engineer, speed flyer, nerveless experimenter in anything aeronautical, Doolittle had contributed as much as any, more...

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