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Target Tokyo Book Launch

When: Mon., April 20, 6:30 p.m. 2015

James Scott’s new book Target Tokyo explores the events of the Doolittle Raid, the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands in WWII after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The Doolittle Raid has its origins in South Carolina, where raiders volunteered for the mission at what was then Columbia Army Air Base. Three of the 80 raiders were from S.C., including pilot Billy Farrow was eventually captured and executed by the Japanese. Scott says that he has read the final letters Farrow sent to his family, and that they speak to the incredible maturity of a 24-year-old soldier. Known as a classic war story due to its impact on the Pacific theater, the Doolittle Raid has been told many times. Scott sought out to tell it a little differently. “This is not just a retelling of a classic World War II story, but there is significant new information in the book,” says Scott. “Until now, no one has bothered to check Japanese sources for records related to the Raid. We were able to pull photos from Japanese archives, shot right after the raid, that show the damage done,” he continues. During his research, Scott also found long-forgotten missionary records in the archives of DePaul University. “These missionaries were on the frontlines of this horror, and their letters, photos, and even property damage reports allow us to flesh out in detail what happened in the aftermath of the raid,” says Scott. Listen to Scott speak about his book, and get a copy signed at the book launch at the Citadel.

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