On the day of the bombing, the 16 bombers took off 150 miles short of their planned takeoff. After about four hours, the raiders reached Japan and bombed targets in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagoya. Many of the planes landed with great success, a few did not make it and landed in the sea. After the air raid, Doolittle met up with the other survivors and traveled through Japanese lines being aided by Chinese guerillas. Several of his men were killed and captured by Japanese soldiers.
The Raid caused a lot of damage to Japanese factories and ships. Doolittle became a hero which fueled American moral. Roosevelt awarded Doolittle the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doolittle’s actions energized America and promoted the support to the war effort. The Japanese were embarrassed by the attack and changed their strategies to protect themselves from future assaults. This battle is often said to be the turning point in the war of the Pacific.