Lot 191

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(1896 - 1993) American aviator who gained fame both as a racing pilot and as leader of the first air raid on Tokyo during World War II. Fine content and association T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4to., Carmel. Oct. 11, 1985 to Prof. C. Vance Haynes, Jr., son of Major Gen. CALEB VANCE HAYNES. In part: '...Your father was an admired friend of long standing. There was no direct connection between Force Aquila and the first air raid on Tokyo. The idea of taking army bombers off a navy carrier was conceived by Captain, later Admiral, F. W. Low. He took the idea to Admiral King who discussed it with General Marshall and General Arnold. They all liked the idea and took it to President Roosevelt, who was enthusiastic...[I] was selected to supervise the aircraft modifications and crew training and finally to lead the mission...' Fine. In February 1942, concurrent with the planning of the Doolittle Raid, Col. and future Major Gen. CALEB VANCE HAYNES (1895-1966) was tasked with assembling 'Force Aquila', a force of fighters, B-24s and B-17s based in India and refueling in China with the intention of bombing Japan. Perhaps only a few days or weeks before the Aquila mission, Doolittle's B-25s attacked Tokyo.

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