World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF JAPAN: Patersons, Wichitas, Tacomas

B-29 Superforts sent fingers of flame and explosive probing deep into the sources of enemy war power. Two small attacks searched out key Japanese oil plants. Two big raids hit airplane factories and ports on Kyushu and Honshu. It was the middle cities, the Patersons, Wichitas and Tacomas of Japan, that now heard the crump of bombs, the crackle of fire.

Flak was spotty. Fighter opposition—on some raids at least—was weak. But weather was playing the enemy's game. On one raid the cloud cover was so thick that B-29 men could hardly see beyond their wingtips as they nervously watched...

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