Hazardous History Book Club #7 – Raid of No Return

Thursday, September 17th 2020

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a virtual book club! We’ll discuss an entry in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales every other Thursday. We will meet using Zoom. Please register in advance and we will email you the login information on the day of the program. All titles in this series are available for download on Hoopla. Recommended for children age 10 to 14. 

Registration will open on Wednesday, August 19th by noon for Manheim Township and East Lampeter residents and on Friday, August 21st for residents of other municipalities.

This week we’ll discuss Raid of No Return: On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier. Once at sea, they were told their mission was a retaliation strike against targets in Tokyo. But on the day of the raid, a Japanese patrol boat spotted them and they had to launch early, with barely enough fuel to get them past their target.

After the bombing, some pilots crashed, some were captured, and many ended up in mainland China and were carried to safety by Chinese villagers, being hunted by Japanese forces all the while. With tales of high-flying action and bravery, Raid of No Return is a story of heartbreak and survival during wartime.