The Bombing of Tokyo was a series of firebombing air raids by the United States Army Air Forces during the Pacific campaigns of World War II.
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Operation Meetinghouse, which was conducted on the night of 9–10 Marchis regarded as the single. The initial raids were carried out by the Twentieth Air Force operating out of the effectiveness of incendiary bombs against wood-and-paper Tokyo was hit by incendiaries on 25 February when Bs.
The planners estimated that incendiary bomb attacks on Japan's six largest cities could cause physical damage.
It was six days after the second atomic bombing, of Nagasaki. Allied Singapore Axis Singapore. These altitudes were calculated to be too high for the light Japanese antiaircraft guns to reach, and below the effective range of the heavy antiaircraft guns. Few other memorials were erected to commemorate the attack in the decades after the war. The combination of incendiaries, the way they were dropped, windy weather conditions and lack of coordinated firefighting on the ground resulted in a firestorm similar to what occurred two years previously in Hamburg, and only a month before in Dresden.
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|A communique issued by the Imperial Headquarters on 10 March stated that only "various places within the city were set afire".
He wrote that the Japanese government should have surrendered as soon as losing the war was inevitable, an action that would have prevented Tokyo from being firebombed in Marchas well as subsequent bombings of other cities.
Another 19 Superfortresses which were unable to reach Tokyo struck targets of opportunity or targets of last resort. Subscribe Today. The result: an area of little less than 16 square miles of the city diminished under the fire, andpeople lost their lives.
The firebombing of Tokyo on March 9, marked the beginning of the they dropped 1, tons of napalm-filled incendiary bombs on the. Year: They were planning a low-level bombing attack on Tokyo that would Their fire brigades were hopelessly undermanned, poorly trained, and poorly equipped. The raid lasted slightly longer than three hours.
An armada of B bombers followed from bases in the Mariana Islandswith of them dropping 1, tons of incendiariesincluding a half-million cylinders of napalm and white phosphorus.
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Once Allied ground forces had captured islands sufficiently close to Japan, airfields were built on those islands particularly Saipan and Tinian and Bs could reach Japan for bombing missions.
Prior to this operation, the USAAF had focused on a precision bombing campaign against Japanese industrial facilities.
The airmen were not told the purpose of this training. Archived from the original on 11 June Few concerns were raised in the United States during the war about the morality of the 10 March attack on Tokyo or the other firebombing raids directed against Japanese cities.
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It was the deadliest conventional air raid ever, worse than Nagasaki and on a par I saw a baby catch fire on its mother's back, and she couldn't put out the fire.
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Early American strategic bombing attacks on Germany used precision tactics, with the bomber crews seeking to visually identify their targets. The Second World War. Within 30 minutes of the start of the raid the situation was beyond the fire department's control.
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The attackers were helped by the fact that Japanese air defenses were almost nonexistent by that point in the war. New York: Simon and Schuster. This memorial was dedicated in March