In the first section, the U.S. military carried out the air raid plan on Tokyo.
By the end of 1944, the U.S. military had achieved a decisive victory in the Pacific.
In short, the U.S. military had completely destroyed the peripheral defense circle of the Japanese army and began to prepare to attack the Japanese mainland.
However, under the crazy belief of “allegiance to the emperor”, the Japanese army did not lose its fighting spirit because of failure step by step, but became more crazy.
The more they push into Japan, the greater the losses suffered by the US military.
The US military urgently needs to destroy Japan’s military industrial production capacity and Japanese fighting spirit.
Before the battle of landing in Japan began, the work of air strikes on Japan, especially Tokyo, became very important.
In January 1945, US General Li Mei took office in Guam.
He was the son of a worker in Columbus, Ohio.
He could not enter West Point because he was neither a famous man nor supported by influential politicians.
But he was not discouraged and worked hard by himself.
He was promoted from a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber to a general step by step until he became the commander of the headquarters of the 21st bomber team of the United States.
In March, Li Mei had a strong B-29 super air fortress bomber formation in hand.
This time, we are going to use this kind of supercomputer to bomb Japan.
As early as June 16, 1944, about 20 B-29 aircraft based in Chengdu, China bombed the cangfan area of Japan.
This is the first time to use this kind of supercomputer to bomb Japan.
By January 1945, China based B-29 aircraft were dispatched 10 times, ranging from 40 to 80 each time.
The economic impact of these bombings on Japan is not great, but the spiritual impact on the Japanese fascist group is not trivial.
After Saipan and Guam in the Mariana Islands were captured by the U.S. military at one stroke, it became the base camp for the strategic bombing of Japan by B-29 super air fortress heavy bombers.
On November 24, 1944, an unusual day, 110 B-29 aircraft of the 21st bomber team flew to Tokyo to carry out a precise daytime bombing – the first time since Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle led an air attack on Tokyo in April 1942.
Unexpectedly, the effect of the air raid was very disappointing – only one aircraft factory in Tokyo was injured.
Although the US aircraft suffered slight losses under the interception of 125 Japanese aircraft, and only two B-29 aircraft were destroyed, only 30 US aircraft in total found the bombing target.
Since taking office, Li Mei has sent bombers to attack Japan 16 times and dropped 5000 tons of bombs, but none of the main targets have been eliminated.
On the contrary, the B-29 aircraft has suffered great losses.
Japanese aircraft and ground artillery shot down 29 US aircraft, 21 were lost due to mechanical failure, and another 15 were lost for unknown reasons.
For the US military, even the loss of a precious B-29 aircraft is a major accident, so the problem is extremely serious.
Facing this situation, in March 1945, after careful consideration, Li Mei finally made a major military decision during the war: put her lifelong career, the prospect of the whole air strategic bombing in the later stage of the Pacific War, and the lives of 334 B-29 aircraft worth US $400 million and more than 3000 officers and soldiers.
He decided to send a large number of B-29 aircraft carrying incendiary bombs to attack Tokyo at low altitude at night and win the decisive battle.
When Li Mei first told his flying warriors his battle plan, they were all surprised.
They were especially shocked when they learned that Li Mei asked them to dismantle all the machine guns on the plane to reduce the weight of the plane so as to load more incendiary bombs.
But Li Mei believes that this low altitude bombing is a surprise attack and will not encounter the interception of fighter planes.
Dismantling the machine guns can also avoid accidental injury in the dark.
Of course, Li Mei knows that there are many factors that will determine the success or failure of this attack, such as the wind force, the amount of oil carried, the navigation in the long night sky, the interception of Japanese fighters, engine failure, espionage, etc.
if there is a mistake, it will lead to the bankruptcy of this major air raid plan.
At this moment, Li Mei has learned that the Japanese have gathered 5130 aircraft in the mainland, of which 3000 are suicide planes and “Cherry bombs”.
If these precious B-29 planes without any weapons are intercepted by Japanese planes in the air, these “big babies” may be buried in foreign countries and never return, and the consequences will be unimaginable.
In the face of all this, Li Mei’s heart is as strong as iron.
This important decision was made without the knowledge of many relevant senior generals in the Pacific theater.
This is pure gambling! However, can Li Mei become a winner? He doesn’t have much confidence in himself.
Let’s bet! On the afternoon of March 9, 334 B-29 super air fortress heavy bombers took off from the Guam base under the leadership of brigadier general Powell, captain of the 314 bomber wing.
A huge fleet of aircraft swept across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean and headed straight for Tokyo.
General Li Mei, who is in charge of the headquarters, has been on pins and needles since the B-29 fleet took off.
He put all his bets on the 3000 air warriors who went deep into the tiger’s den.
Before the warriors set out, they all received the following unlucky instructions: “you are a flight attendant of the B-29 aircraft.
If you are beaten, you must be prepared to bear the roughest treatment of the Japanese.
You have little chance of survival.
” All this has the potential to “sink the boat”.
In the second section, the implementation of the fire attack was successful, the night was quiet, and there were no stars and moons.
General Li Mei stared at the dark sky, his eyebrows locked, and his huge Havana cigar was almost bitten in two by his teeth.
Brigadier general Kessler, 39, a close friend of General Li Mei, continued to comfort him.
“Within half an hour, we should receive Bauer’s report.
” Li cangmei is extremely tired and seems to be 10 years old.
“Well, if I fail, of course I have nothing to say.
I know the skills of these Japanese.
But I still think we can fly in, drop incendiary bombs and then fly away without heavy losses.
” He murmured.
If Bauer can finish the task as planned, it’s time to receive a telegram from him.
Because the fleet has taken off for more than half an hour.
“God, I hope they haven’t been intercepted, or our trip will be over.
” Li Mei watched it almost for the 100th time since nightfallFurther intensified, torpedo attacks were continuously carried out on Seto Inland Sea and Japan’s seaport, and Japan’s inland sea traffic was on the verge of being cut off.
On July 4, the US military announced that as of that day, Japan had been bombed by 100000 tons of bombs by US aircraft and many cities were burning.
General Doolittle’s 29m-2400 heavy bombers will not only be attacked by Japanese bombers, but will continue to resist the attack of general Doolittle’s 29m-2400 heavy bombers Since July 10, the US aircraft carrier formation has also begun to “pay attention” to the war in Kanto.
On that day, 1220 US carrier based aircraft flew to Osaka, Kobe and other places.
Especially on July 13 and 14, the air raid on the northeast of Hokkaido was particularly fierce.
Japan was unprepared and suffered heavy damage.
In just two days, the US plane dispatched 1820 sorties.
At the same time, naval guns bombarded the coast of Japan.
The Japanese army hated the US air raid.
The Japanese Navy, the base camp of the Japanese army, is ingenious.
It plans to send 300 special Marines and take 30 special attack aircraft to carry out the airborne troops’ dare to die war against the Mariana US B-29 aircraft base on the bright night of late July, so as to destroy the base camp of the US B-29 aircraft in one fell swoop.
However, just as the Japanese were plotting at the sanze base, they were suddenly attacked by a US air raid on July 14, and the plan that the Japanese army had worked hard to conceive was destroyed.
On July 17, Nimitz announced on radio: “the large caliber naval guns of the US fleet can directly bombard the cities in the coastal area of Hokkaido.
” The U.S. military’s encirclement of Japan is shrinking.
At this time, Japan’s defense system has disintegrated.
The crew of American ships cruising in Japan’s coastal waters can clearly see the gray coastal fire and thick smoke of Japan from the deck.
On July 24, the Seto Inland Sea of Japan was attacked by the aircraft carrier formation of the United States and Britain, and the Japanese naval base Wu port was bombed.
Three aircraft carriers, one cruiser and 22 other ships in the port were sunk and 113 Japanese aircraft were destroyed.
On July 28, the United States and Britain launched another large-scale attack on Wu port.
During the attack on that day, three battleships, three heavy cruisers and two light cruisers were sunk, and 144 aircraft were destroyed.
The Japanese Navy went bankrupt and the remaining ships were caught in the harbor.
The air raid dealt an unprecedented heavy blow to Japan.
According to the statistics of the US military, from January to August 1945, 33000 sorties were dispatched by B-29 aircraft alone.
In Japan, more than 1600 aircraft were destroyed, 48 ships were sunk, more than 10 ships were injured, and about 155 transport ships were damaged or sunk.
The number of casualties in Japan reached 690000.
Among them, more than 310000 people were killed, 351000 injured and more than 24000 missing.
In Japan, a total of 98 large, medium and small cities were bombed beyond recognition.
The burning rate of metropolises, such as Nagoya and Hanshin, is more than 50%, with a total of about 1.
43 million houses burned.
However, famous cultural and tourist cities such as Kyoto, Nara and Rehai have not been attacked by air strikes.
During the bombing, tens of thousands of citizens fled the city and became homeless.
After the incendiary bomb attack on March 9, the mood of ordinary people in Tokyo is very low.
In particular, Li Mei dropped warning leaflets to inform the Japanese people in advance of the targets he would bomb next, which made them even more panic and depressed.
A total of 8.
5 million people fled to the countryside, and the absenteeism rate of factory workers had reached 49% by July 1945.
The production of oil refining industry decreased by 83%.
Aircraft engine production fell by 75%.
The production of aircraft skeleton decreased by 60%.
The production of electronic equipment decreased by 70%.
More than 600 major military factories were blown up or severely damaged.
The bombing also dealt a devastating blow to Japan’s transportation, which was then completely paralyzed.
As the Shimonoseki Strait, Seto Inland Sea and various ports along the coast of Honshu are mined by US aircraft, some major ports in Japan have become abandoned ports.
Needless to say, the main sea routes, even the transportation between the islands in Japan, are on the verge of being cut off, and coal, food and daily necessities cannot be supplied.
So far, the war situation was in jeopardy and irreparable, the ruling and opposition were anxious, and the foundation of the Empire tended to collapse.
At the beginning of the Second World War, the Japanese thought they were blessed by the emperor, and they thought they were in the middle of the war.
Finally one day, the war burned themselves.
Who is to blame? “Heaven’s iniquity can still exist, and man’s iniquity cannot live.