Famed aviation pioneer and general.  Won the Congressional Medal of Honor for leading the first bombing attack on Tokyo during World War II.

February 2006

Compiled by Staff
Bibliography Branch, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

General James H. Doolittle
James Harold Doolittle, General, United States Air Force
Available online:
 USAF biography.  Contains black & white photo, biographical information and images of medals and awards.

General James H. Doolittle, USAF, (1896-1993).
Available online:
From the Naval Historical Center, contains several color photos and biographical information.

General James "Jimmy" H. Doolittle.
Available online:
Brief biography and black & white photo.

General James "Jimmy" Harold Doolittle.
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James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle.
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From Air & Space Power Chronicles, contains small black & white photo.

Legends of Airpower Jimmy Doolittle.
Available online:

Contains photo, brief biography and video clip.

Medal of Honor Recipients Played on Film:  James H. Doolittle (1896-1993).
Available online:
Includes black & white photo, text of citation and remarks.


Anders, Curt.  Fighting Airmen.  New York, Putnam, 1966.  287 p.
James H. Doolittle:  "I've Done It," pp 174-196.
Book call no.:  923.573 A544fa

Cohen, Stan.  Destination Tokyo:  A Pictorial History of Doolittle's Tokyo Raid, April 18, 1942.  120 p.
Book call no.:  940.5425 C678d

Daso, Dik Alan.  Doolittle:  Aerospace Visionary.  Washington, Brassey's Inc., 2003.  141 p.
Book call no.:  92 D691d

Doolittle James Harold and Glines, Carroll V.  I Could Never Be so Lucky Again:  An Autobiography.  New York, Bantam Books, 1991.  574 p.
Book call no.:  92 D691i

Fraser, Chelsea Curtis.  Famous American Flyers.  New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1942.  380 p.
Book call no.:  926.29 F841f 1942

Glines, Carroll V.  The Doolittle Raid:  America's Daring First Strike Against Japan.  New York, Orion Books, 1988.  258 p.
Book call no.:  940.5425 G561d

Hoppes, Joanna Doolittle.  Calculated Risk:  The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle - Aviation Pioneer and World War II Hero.  Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica Press LLC, 2005.  334 p.
Book call no.:  92 D691h

Meilinger, Phillip S.  American Airpower Biography:  A Survey of the Field.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1995.  65p.
See pp 19-20.
Also available online:
Book call no.:  358.400922 M513a

Nelson, Craig.  The First Heroes:  The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid - America's First World War II Victory.  New York, Viking, 2002.  430 p.
Book call no.:  940.5425 N425f

Reynolds, Quentin James  The Amazing Mr. Doolittle; A Biography of Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle.  New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953.  313 p.
Book call no.:  92 D691r

Stohlmann, Andrew P.  The Doolittle Raid in History and Memory.  Lincoln, NE, 1999.  99 p.  (Thesis, M.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Book call no.:  940.5425 S873d

Thomas, Lowell and Jablonski, Edward.  Doolittle:  A Biography.  Garden City, NY Doubleday, 1976.  368 p.
Book call no.:  92 D691t 1982


Wilson, Charles E.  James Harold Doolittle, American Aviator, Aeronautical Engineer, Aerospace Executive.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff  College, June 1965.  67 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 35582-7 W747j


Century to Flight:  Military Pioneers Who Made Aviation HistoryAir Force Times 63:insert 55 p. June 9, 2003.

Final Salute:  Jimmy Doolittle Laid to Rest at ArlingtonAir Force Times 54:10 October 18, 1993.

Frisbee, John L.  First over Tokyo.  Air Force Magazine 82:50 December 1999.
Also available online:

Glines, C. V.  Flying Blind (First Complete Flight by the Use of Instruments and Radio)Air Force Magazine 72:238+ September 1989.

Howe, Raobert F.  They Turned the Tide.  Smithsonian 33:22-25 August 2002.
Focuses on the Doolittle Raiders and their celebration of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. answer to the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.  Historical significance of their military actions, which have been memorialized in the book and film 'Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo' and the film 'Pearl Harbor'; Description of their reunion in Columbia, South Carolina; Details of the Doolittle Raid against the Japanese; Leadership of Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle.
Also available online:

Jimmy Doolittle:  An AppreciationAir Power History 40:2-35 Winter 1993.

Heaton, Colin D.  Jimmy Doolittle and the Emergence of American Air PowerWorld War II 17:46-52+  May 2003.
Part II Interviews James H. Doolittle, the late U.S. military air pilot and U.S. Army Air Corps general, on the role he played in planning and executing air battles during World War II in Europe.  His opinion on the Marlin B-26 Marauder bomber; his tenure as commander of the Eighth Air Force; his views on the February 1945 bombing of Dresden, Germany.
Also available online:

Heaton, Colin D.  Jimmy Doolittle The Man Behind the LegendWorld War II 17:30-43  March 2003.
Interviews aviator James H. Doolittle on his experiences in aviation.  Reputation of Doolittle; educational background; description of his first crash.
Also available online:

Kinkade, Mark.  Tokyo RaidersAirman 45:2-9 August 2001.

McNeely, Gina.  A Look at Jimmy Doolittle's Pioneering Trans-America Flight, an Unusual Bullet Deflection Device Aviation History 7:66 September 1996.
Chronicles aviation historical events.  Includes French pilot Roland Garros' solving of the problem of how to shoot through a propeller's arc on April 1925; James H. Doolittle's piloting of a US Army Air Service de Havilland DH-4B on the first coast-to-coast flight on September 4, 1922.
Also available online:

Nalty, B.  Doolittle Raid - 18 April 1942:  From an Unpublished History of the USAF, 1907-82Air Power History 39:3-5 Summer 1992.

Powers, Bill.  Doolittle's Raid, 50 Years LaterAir Force Times 52:26 May 4, 1992.

Schwarz, Frederic D.  1929 Flying BlindAmerican Heritage 55:72 August-September 2004.
Article focuses on some historical events in the U.S. On September 24, 1979, lieutenant Jimmy Doolittle made the world's first completely "blind" flight taking off, flying a prescribed course, and landing on instruments only. The main problem blind flight was meant to solve was flying in poor visibility at night or in bad weather.
Also available online:

Styles, David G.  Towards a Place in History.  Air Power History 50:34-42 Fall 2003.
Focuses on the 61st anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the bombing of Japan by the North American B-25B twin-engined bombers of the U.S. Air Force. Development of the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum; Reunion of the raiders; Activities during the event.
Also available online:

Thirty Seconds that Made a DifferenceU.S. News & World Report 115:20 October 11, 1993.
Offers an epitaph to Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, an air-racing champion and one of American aviation's best-known figures. Describes his bombing of Tokyo in World War II and how his actions contributed to the turning point of the Pacific war for the United States.
Also available online:

Trenner, Patricia.  10 Great Pilots.  Air & Space Smithsonian  17:67-72 February-March 2003.
Presents information on several air pilots that made historic flights. James H. Doolittle; Charles E. Yeager; Robert A. Hoover.


Air & Space Smithsonian:  The New Heroes of the 10th Century International Video Network:  Air & Space Smithsonian Presentation.  San Ramon, CA, International Video Network, 1995.  1 videocassette, 25 min.
Video call no.:  629.1309 N532

Doolittle the Final Mission
.  Airborne Visual Productions, 1994.  1 videocassette, 56 min.
Video call no.:  358.41338 A298

Legends of Air Power. 
Arlington, VA, 3 roads Communications, Inc., 2000.  3 videocassettes, 344 min.
Video call no.:  629.13092 L5111

Young, Jemes O. and Esterly, Brian.  The Doolittle Era of Aviation Milestones.  Edwards AFB, CA.  Air Force Flight Test Center.  199u.  1 videocassette 25 min.
Video call no.:  358.400973 D692

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