Well, every large fishing boat (small ship) has a radio and they picked up a radio signal from the ship. Oh, when you are 450 miles from land, you are not in a boat. You are in a ship. Sure it might have been a small ship, 100-150 long, but a ship none the less.<quoted text>
In view of my following comment : "Reason for that is the Americans believed they had been spotted by the Japanese, either fishing boats or patrol planes, I forget. That is why they took off 12 hours ahead of schedule."
I have to wonder why you replied thus :
"Ah, for someone who is totally ignorant of military matter, that is an ignorant comment." ?????? How so?
I was just wondering if it was Japanese fishing boats or Japanese patrol aircraft that may have spotted the fleet. The "ignorant" comment you made shows you chose the wrong moment to somehow get even and impress your birther birfoon buffoon comrades. Strike three all in ONE swing, a record.
Tell you what, though, and you are too ignorant to know this, the fact that they had farther to fly, too much weight with uneeded gunners, machine guns and ammo in each plane, they had to parachute behind enemy lines where Japanese infantry were active, at the cost to the Chinese civilians of, some say, 50 to 125,000 slain by the barbaric Japanese for allegedly "aiding" and "comforting" the American crews. Bet you didn't know the Japanese had been brutally active for a number of years (5 yrs, 1937) before the Doolittle raid. You think because you drove helicopters, you know more about war history than anyone else? Dream on.
The Doolitlle raid was nonetheless one of the most formidable and gutsy acts of the Pacific war. Just taking off from the Hornet had been deemed impossible, even less so with fully-laden bombers and, at that time, no steam catapults. Incredible. Each crew member knew his chances of surviving were slim at best, with almost certain execution if captured, which is exactly what happened to 3 of them.
Yes, it was gutsy. But it was very calculated. You do know Col Doolittle obtained the first Doctoral degree from MIT of Aeronautics, don't you? And they had plenty of test on a runway, that allowed only 400 feet tank off space and without a head wind. The Hornet was capable of over 30 kts and between the natural wind and turning into the wind with an additional 30 kts, you don't need a catapult!