FondofSB Apr 05, 2021 02:31 AM B-25 Lands in Santa Barbara And thanks to the Mitchell (flying pillbox) the US won the battle for Midway 6 weeks after the extraordinary Doolittle (who did much more than little, if you get the joke) raid. The "tactical" impact of the raid was very limited but the psychological impact on the Japanese was tremendous ! Until then (and for much of the previous 10 years) they had scored nothing but victories in their military actions in South East Asia and now, all of a sudden and totally unexpected Tokyo itself was being bombed ! Imagine the shock for this country who thought of itself as totally invincible. As a result they shifted some of their military resources to protect the homeland, had less available for their attack to Midway and got a tremendous defeat in Midway (4 attack flattops sunk in one hour !!!) also with the help of the incredible genius of American Intelligence who tricked them to reveal the point of the attack the US had foreseen but couldn't whether it was Midway or the Aleutian Islands. When the US code breakers decoded the "AF has water supply problems" message from Tokyo HQ to the fleet they went : "Bingo, we got them". Their genius had tricked the Japanese to reveal where they were headed and allow the US to concentrate all of their forces to defend Midway. On top of that the Japanese thought that Yorktown , having been heavily damaged a month earlier at the battle of the Coral Sea was out of action but the incredible and heroic crew of Pearl Harbor shipyard put it back in commission in 3 days of non-stop of 24 H work and, surprise ! surprise ! the US had 4 flattops at Midway rather than the 3 the Japanese expected. Much of all of this is unfortunately unknown nowadays and should be taught and admired ! Thanks Doolittle who engineered the raid, thanks the 80 heroes who volunteered and flew the raid, thanks to the genius intelligence people and code breakers, thanks to the shipyard workers ! Thanks, of course to all the heroes who gave their lives fighting for (and saving) Midway, thanks to all you : Midway was THE turning point of the Pacific war and from then on the outcome was in the bag !