BATTLE OF JAPAN: Twilight in Tokyo

At his headquarters on a Guam hilltop, Major General Curtis Emerson LeMay added up the results of three months' massive B-29 attacks on Tokyo. Tough-minded, realistic Curt LeMay claimed nothing of which he could not be sure. The things of which he could be sure:

¶51.3 sq.mi. of Tokyo (46% of the built-up area) had been burned or bombed to ashes.

¶4,500,000 people who had lived in the area were now homeless.

¶50 Superforts had been lost—one per sq.mi. of devastation,

¶"We have destroyed all the target areas we have set out to destroy."

No doubt Tokyo would be bombed again,...

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