What It Was Like Inside B-29 Superfortress Raid

What It Was Like Inside B-29 Superfortress Raid
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MELBOURNE— Many Japanese believed that they would lose the war after the decisive U.S. naval victory in the battle of Midway Island, in June 1942, ended Japanese expansion into the central Pacific. The capture of Saipan Island by American forces probably sealed the country's fate.

However, when air raid alarms signaled the first U.S. Superfortress raid on Tokyo, just over 50 years ago, the Japanese were gripped by even deeper despair - of the sort that had overtaken their forebears in the previous century, when an American naval squadron dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay, to mark the start of a painful process of modernization.

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