Bombing of Japan in World War II

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Doolittle Raid[edit]

The Doolittle Raid was a bomber raid launched on the Japanese mainland on April 18, 1942. The raid — largely a propaganda and morale-building exercise — was planned and led by then Lieutenant Colonel James Harold Doolittle. The raid was made possible by a technical observation of Captain Francis Low that twin-engined bombers could be launched from an aircraft carrier. Subsequent tests appeared to prove that a B-25 Mitchell could be launched with a reasonable bomb load, hit targets in Japan and then fly on to land in China.

Ships and airplanes[edit]

The Raid[edit]

The Raiders in China[edit]


Conventional B-29[edit]


English: On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb onto the city of Hiroshima, Japan. On August 9, 1945, another was dropped onto the city of Nagasaki, Japan.

Development of the weapons: See Category:Manhattan Project

Results of the weapons: See Category:Hiroshima in ruins and Category:Nagasaki in ruins