World: Target Japan

Superfortresses flying from China and Saipan opened the battle for Japan during the last half of 1944, long before Allied troops could land on the enemy shore. But there was no overconfidence this time, as there had been when the strategic bombing of Germany began. There was no talk of winning the war in the Orient with air power alone.

Starved of gasoline and everything else that an air force needs, because it all had to be flown over the Hump, the 20th Bomber Command in China and India had run up, by year's end,...

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