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Incendiaries Fall On Kobe

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M47 100-pound (45.4-kilogram) incendiaries rain down on the docks of Kobe on June 5, 1945. Some 3,614 Japanese died in the attack, 10, 064 were wounded, and 51,399 buildings were demolished; 4.4 square miles of the city was destroyed. Inclement weather prevented P-51D Mustangs from escorting 473 Superfortresses that completed the bomb run. 150-160 Japanese fighters and endured 647 separate strafing runs. Anti-aircraft artillery was heavy as well. Six B-29s were shot down over the target and 27 were damaged. Many of the planes could not make it all the way back and either ditched or landed at Iwo Jima. Kobe, a cosmopolitan city the size of Baltimore with a pre-war population of nearly one million and an area of fourteen square miles (36.2 square kilometers), was first attacked on March 17. 8,841 of the city‘s residents were killed. Three square miles were burned out that included 21% of Kobe‘s urban area. More than 650,000 people had their homes destroyed, and the homes of another million people were damaged. After a third raid, a total of seven square miles (18.3 square kilometers) of Kobe was destroyed. American fliers who were shot down over Kobe were executed the same day.
Image Filename wwii1198.jpg
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Image Dimensions 1498 x 1969
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 05, 1945
Location Port Area
City Kobe
State or Province Hyogo Prefecture
Country Japan
Archive United States Air Force
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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