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1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

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It is a bit odd to me that news about WWII Allied actions is featured in a news service for Japan which does not have much reason to appreciate such coverage, aside from those who are interested in history. But you did get the facts correct. It was actually quite a fruitless effort, and decimated an entire squadron of bombers at a time when the US Air effort was just getting going and there was a crying need for such planes in Europe to start the air campaign. It was a PR stunt, and did little damage to Japan itself. The men and the planes would have been much better used elsewhere.

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Were these Japanese soldiers ever punished for these war crimes?

Possibly, though it would require someone who was there at the time to identify who ordered the execution. The war crimes trials after the war DID try IJA and IJN officers for killing POWs. Most of the officers on their list, however, were not brought to trial because they had died during the war or could not otherwise be located. So IF there was someone who could identify who ordered the executions and IF the officer giving the order survived the war and IF the officer was found, then he was probably tried for murdering the prisoners.

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"Of eight Raiders captured by Japanese soldiers, three were executed and another died in captivity"

Were these Japanese soldiers ever punished for these war crimes?

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Those guys all had big, heavy, brass ones.

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Amazing strength.

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