Thanks Brian, sometimes I feel my desire for detail is a curse and would like to loosen up but I've been doing this for such a long time its hard to break the mold. I do get great satisfaction when someone in the know or who actually lived the moment gives it thumbs up for accuracy.
Thanks Brian, it is kind of ironic the first strike against the Japanese homeland consisted of 16 bombers dropping a total of 2000 lbs. of TNT each and at the end two planes dropped an estimate of 20 kilo tons.
Thank you cremo.
Thank you Ron, you're right none of the B25's made it back to the Hornet but that was never the plan. After launching the bombers the task force turned east at flank speed. The B25 was only able to take off of a carrier after major modifications were made and intensive training by the aircrews. The plan had called for them to continue on to China and land at designated fields. Unfortunately they had to takeoff 2 hundred miles early because the task force was detected by Japanese picket boat. Thanks to a strong tail wind, they barely had enough fuel to get to China but not enough to make the air field. A number of them ditched in the sea and others bailed out once they ran out fuel. One did make it to Russia and the crew was interned for a year. Three airman died either from ditching or bailing out, 8 were captured by the Japanese, of which 3 were executed and 1 died in captivity. In their search for Doolittle's Raiders, it is estimated 250,000 Chinese civilians were killed.
After posting the painting on my blog, I got an e-mail from the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, Calif. inviting me to exhibit the painting this Saturday May 5th. This year marks the 70th anniversary and they are planning a major event to commemorate this daring raid. I will have the opportunity to meet three of the five surviving Doolittle Raiders who will be present as well as crewmen from the Hornet. BTW the USS Hornet CV8 was sunk 6 months later at the battle of Santa Cruz during the Guadalcanal campaign. The USS Hornet CV12 was commissioned in 1943 and is now a museum. http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/doolittle/
If you made it through all this, I thank you for having an interest.