2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Critical Decision of the Doolittle Raid on Japan 1942
Paige A. Allen
Dr. James A. Padfield, Faculty Mentor

On April 18th, 1942, America retaliated against Japan for the events at Pearl Harbor through the Doolittle Raid. After being spotted by Japanese picket boats before reaching the planned takeoff location, Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle made the critical decision to have the bombers take off immediately rather than continuing ahead to the planned site or aborting the mission. This study evaluates Doolittles decision in light of the national policy objectives, mission objectives, and the tangible side effects that Doolittle had to consider in making this decision. The even-swaps decision making method was utilized to evaluate what the best option for Doolittle would have been given the circumstances.

Keywords: Doolittle Raid, Decision Making, World War II

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 10-2
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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