James H. Doolittle

#1) The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant James H. Doolittle for extraordinary achievement while in aerial flight. On September 4-5, 1922, Lieutenant Doolittle accomplished a one-stop flight from Pablo Beach, FL to San Diego, CA in 22 hours and 30 minutes elapsed time, an extraordinary achievement with the equipment available at that time. By his skill, endurance, and resourcefulness, he demonstrated the possiblity of moving Air Corps units to any portion of the United States in less than 24 hours thus reflecting great credit on himself and the Army of the United States. ***********************************************

#2) The President takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant James H. Doolittle for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights During March, 1924, at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, Lieutenant Doolittle piloting a Fokker PW 7 pursuit airplane, performed a series of acceleration tests requiring skill, initiative, endurance, and courage of the highest type. In these tests a recording accelerometer was mounted in the airplane and the accelerations taken for the following maneuvers: Loops at various air speeds; single and multiple barrel rolls; power spirals; tail spins, power on and power off; half loop; half roll and Immelman turn; inverted flight; pulling out of dive at various air speeds; flying the airplane on a level course with considerable angle of bank; and flying in bumpy air. In these tests the airplane was put through the most extreme maneuvers possible in order that the flight loads imposed upon the wings of the airplane under extreme conditions of air combat might be ascertained. These tests were put through with that fine combination of fearlessness and skill which constitutes the essence of distinguished flying. Through them scientific data of great and permanent importance to the Air Corps were obtained.