From: Fort Wayne IN USA
ORIGINAL: Capt Cliff
By the way Doolittle did his B-26 aerobatic's stateside, not in England. His best stunt was to feather one of his engines on takeoff then turn into the dead engine, an absolute No-No, but he pulled it off. He also wanted to take the B-26 on his Tokyo raid but knew the average pilot could take her off of a carrier deck.
Actually, if you read the excerpts from Doolittle's autobiography I linked above, you'll see he did it twice--in the US, right after Pearl Harbor, and then again in Britain about a year later. Also, the issue with using the B-26 for the Doolittle raid wasn't piloting skill required to take off--because of the Marauder's very high wing loading, its takeoff speed was impossibly high for it to be launched from a carrier--even Doolittle himself couldn't have done it.
"I know Japanese. He is very bad. And tricky. But we Americans too smart. We catch him and give him hell."
--Benny Sablan, crewman, USS Enterprise 12/7/41