Next, all of them did not carry four 500 pound bombs. Jimmy Doolittle's plane carried incendiaries (more on this later).
Next, they did not take off a day early. They took of 12 hours early. They were to take off as it got dark and attack first thing in the morning and be able to land in China during daylight hours.
The purpose of the incendiaries was for Doolittle's plane to mark Tokio in the early morning hours.
Jonna Doolittle Hoppes "Jimmy Doolittle Raid" presentation at Historic Flig...
But she is correct in that most people are clueless about military matters. And the movie about Pearl Harbor was by written for people who were clueless.
Oh, I was stationed at Wheeler AFB in the mid-1070s and most of the hangars were the original Pre-WWII hangers most of them had major repairs. The concrete on the ramp still had bomb burst scars.
In Germany, my office was in a WWII German hangar. Finthen Flugplatz (flying place) was a night fighter base we did not know existed and was never attacked. My actual office was in the attached parachute hangar which was about 24 by 24 feet and three stories, the top two blocked off by a false ceiling as there were no stairs.