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Jimmy Doolittle

Awarded the Medal of Honor

Born: December 14, 1896, Alameda, California
Died: September 27, 1993 (age 93), Pebble Beach, California

Jimmy Doolittl - Trivia powered by ABEGeneral James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle, USAF was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a brigadier general, major general and lieutenant general in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a lieutenant colonel.

What do you know about Jimmy Doolittle? Take off with this World War II Quick Quiz.

1. He enlisted in the Signal Corps Reserve as a flying cadet and trained at the University of California School of Military Aeronautics at Rockwell Field, California. When was he commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps' Aviation Section?

  • March 11, 1918
  • April 11, 1918
  • May 11, 1918

2. In 1922, he returned to complete his college degree and earned the Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his S.M. in Aeronautics from MIT in June 1924 and his Sc.D. in Aeronautics, which he received in June 1925.

  • True or False?

3. Doolittle resigned his regular commission on February 15, 1930 and was commissioned a major in the Specialist Reserve Corps a month later, being named manager of a corporate aviation department. What was the corporation?

  • Standard Oil of New York
  • Shell Oil
  • Texaco

4. When did he return to active duty as a major?

  • July 1, 1940
  • July 1, 1941
  • July 1, 1942

5. Who played Doolittle  in the 1944 film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo?

  • Spencer Tracy
  • Gene Autry
  • Clark Gable

6. In September, 1942, he became commanding general of a air force unit in North Africa. What unit did he command?

  • Twelfth Air Force
  • Twenty-fourth Air Force
  • First Air Force

7. From January 1944 to September 1945, he held his largest command, the Eighth Air Force (8 AF) in England as a Lieutenant General, his promotion date being March 13, 1944.

  • True or False?

8. When did he retire from Air Force duty?

  • February 6, 1959
  • February 28, 1959
  • February 6, 1965

9. When did Doolittle marry Josephine E. Daniels?

  • December 24, 1917
  • December 24, 1927
  • December 24, 1937

10. Where is Jimmy Doolittle buried?

  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
  • Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Jimmy Doolittle Answers

  1. March 11, 1918
  2. True
  3. Shell Oil
  4. July 1, 1940
  5. Spencer Tracy
  6. Twelfth Air Force
  7. True
  8. February 28, 1959
  9. December 24, 1917
  10. Angels on your pillowArlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
    Plot: Section 7A, Grave 110

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