The Doolittle Raid

Old U.S. Air Force video of the WWII Doolittle Raid in April 1942, when B-25 Mitchell bombers took off from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet to attack the Japanese islands.


Atsugi Airfield

Photographs of Japanese Atsugi Airfield near Tokyo after the end of WWII from the U.S. Air Force magazine Impact, Vol. II, No. 9, Sept.-Oct. 1945.


First close look many Americans got of Japan was when they landed at this fighter base 32 miles from Tokyo. It was covered with planes, some of them wrecked, many in good condition. But the general impression was that the Japs had a junky, tinny air force. It seemed as if they had been trying to fight a Tiffany war with Woolworth merchandise. Even maintenance was shoddy, typical of Jap fields.

Wrecked Hanger at Atsugi Airfield, Tokyo, Japan in WW2

Pinned down by American air power, Jap planes on Atsugi were squashed by collapse of wooden hangar.

Destroyed Japanese Navy Jack Aircraft near Tokyo in WWII

Flotsam of a beaten air force was assembled on Atsugi, including well-ventilated Navy Jacks below.

Japanese Wreckage in WW2

Tunnel entrance leads to one of maze of corridors which literally honeycombed ground beneath Atsugi's runways.

WW2 Japanese Tunnels at Atsugi Airfield

Atsugi's tunnels were used as a vast storage depot for food, clothes, ammunition, machine tools and aircraft parts.