World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF JAPAN: Hurly-Burly Thoroughfare

New tricks and new weapons intensified the air assault on Japan.

¶ Tiny, hard-won Iwo, for weeks a haven for B-29s in trouble on their way home, was now being used as a filling station on the way north from the Marianas to Japan. Result: B-29s stopping at Iwo to take on fuel stepped up their explosives load to a maximum of ten tons.

¶ Land-based Army & Navy planes made their first coordinated attack with the flyers of Admiral William Halsey's Third Fleet, capping a week of unprecedented assault on the remnant of what was once the Imperial...

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