B-29 Superfortress bombers dropping bombs on Japan, circa Jul-Aug 1945

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1. Anonymous says:
3 May 2009 04:50:13 PM

can u please post some more info i need it for a school project
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
29 Apr 2011 09:19:07 PM

MAKE IT RAIN: WITH A VENGEANCE The Boeing B-29 Superfortress brought the air war to Japan. Raids against targets in the Empire accounted for 50 times the destruction that was caused by the dropping of the two atomic bombs, Japan's entire infrastructure was in ruins, even the basic necessities were difficult to obtain. In less than two years, Boeing, Martin and Bell delivered 3,600 B-29s to the USAAF. If the United States had invaded Japan in late 1945, its airpower strenght would have been over 15,000 bombers and fighters with an added 2,000 B-29s backed up with over 6,000 Navy combat planes and a supply train 10,000 miles long, to bring more aircraft, more troops, more ships and supplies to the Pacific.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Apr 2011 09:02:12 PM

DOWN AND DIRTY: Looks like B-29s are dropping the M-69 type incendiary bombs, and 1000 or 500lb bombs. The B-29 could carry 1400 of the M-69, and a mix of 1000 and 500lb bombs. TARGETS FOR TONIGHT: Major Japanese cities and industrial targets were burned during such raids cities such as Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe were targets for such raids, the USAAF, dropped over 9500 tons of incendiaries alone 7,750,000 were made homeless and 3,500,000 evacuated to other areas. During night raids P-61 Black Widows gave night protection for the B-29s, during the day light raids P-51 and P-47s flew cover Japanese fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft were limited against such raids that were being carried out. Japanese pilots out of ammunition would make suicidal ramming attacks against the B-29s both the Japanese Army and Navy fought at night and day against the bombers. Every type of single and twin-engine aircraft were used to combat the raids they were armed with 20mm, 30mm, 37mm and 40mm cannons heavy caliber machine guns, even twin-engine bombers were modified into heavy fighters.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
3 May 2011 07:00:12 PM

The B-29 was armed with 8x50caliber machine guns, located in four remote-controlled turrets plus 2x50caliber machine guns and 1x20mm cannon in the tail. The turrets were controlled by gunner's from remote stations located in blisters on top the fuselage and side blister positions. EARLY COMPUTERS: On board computer took the guess-work out of point and aim, the computer figured out the range, bullet drop, gunner's deflection, target deflection and windage. Targets beyond 600 yards are automatically corrected for lead, it was primitive by today's standards, but it was one of the first airborne systems and it was big 6 feet by 3 feet, by 3 feet and heavy, but it was an amazing feat for that era. By the end of WWII 20,700 computers had been produced. The technology of wartime production produced and advanced weapons development, and created new inventions that had widespread consumer and industrial use in the post war period. Did you know: The Japanese had to make 500 fighter attacks to bring down one B-29. General Electric was producing by 1943/44 2400 turrets per-month for the B-29, at wars end the US Government cancelled 5,000 B-29s on order each B-29 cost $639,000 1940s dollars, in todays dollars it would cost $8,620,000/8.62 million.
5. ethan says:
23 Feb 2012 12:52:58 PM

coo;
6. Bill says:
6 Dec 2014 04:33:00 PM

DUMB BOMBS: Even after the first Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the USAAF continued to bomb targets within the empire. The raids went on, One Hundred and Fifty-One B-29s on a day light raid, attacked targets dropping 124 tons of explosives. Thirty-Two B-29s dropped 189 tons of mines and other ordnance on other targets. BOMBING CONTINUES: A TOURCH TO THE ENEMY Another raid had Two hundred and Forty-Five B-29s dropped incendiary bombs on targets on the island of Kyushu. With another force of Sixty B-29s that bombed Tokyo. Targets were being scheduled for more raids. SECOND ATOMIC BOMB: August 9, 1945 another Atomic Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Did you know even with the atomic bomb raids, other raids were being carried out it was business as usual. After Nagasaki the Japanese Government had no other way out with its cities and industries destroyed its population without food, shelter, medical care and the other basic needs to survive surrendered on August 15,1945 World War II was over...

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