The Doolittle Raiders
In 1944, the Japanese were fatigued, starving, and short on public morale. They needed a military success to re-energize the population.
Experts say that the Japanese looked to the 1942 Doolittle Raiders for inspiration. The Doolittle Raiders were a group of 80 brave airmen who risked capture to fly across the Japanese mainland in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Although the Doolittle Raid did not deliver substantial material damage to the Japanese war operation, it helped to lift the spirits of the American people and delivered a psychological blow to the Japanese.