Lt. General James Doolittle was born in Alameda California on December 14, 1896. He went to Manual Arts and then to University of California. He left school during World War I to joint the army and become a pilot. He rose to become the commander of US air forces in North Africa and Europe during World War II.
Doolittle had achieved fame as a pilot in the 1920s for completing the first coast-to-coast crossing of the country in one day. He had also won a number of races and had pioneered instrumentation flying.
In 1932, he set a speed record for land planes. He is perhaps best remembered for leading a 16-plane B-25 force on the first bombing attack on Tokyo in 1942.