1944, 1st edition; Blue Ribbon Books publishers, New York; smaller hardbound with ash grey boards and red lettering and red plane on cover and spine; good condition of book; nice maps inside covers; dust jacket has issues (see pic).
Ted W Lawson is a native of California and attended Los Angeles Junior College. He studied aero-nautical engineering during the day and worked in the Douglas Aircraft plant at night, Finally he had to leave school when the double job became too difficult and devote himself to the practical study of planes. He joined the Army Air Forces early in 1940 as a flying cadet, and, by February, 1941, he was a first pilot. Soon after Pearl Harbor, he was one of the volunteers for the "dangerous mission" that turned out to be the bombing of Tokyo.
His account of the raid -the preparations, the actual bombing, the crash in China, the help given the flyers by the people of China, and the return to this country-- is one of the most moving and inspiring stories to come out of the war. For his magnificent part in the raid, which cost him a leg, Lawson was promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the 0rder of the Purple Heart, and the Military 0rder of China.