Operation Meetinghouse. The Most Devastating Bombing Raid In History.

by Daniel Russ on November 7, 2013

 

During the fire bombing of Tokyo, the ambient temperature in shelters was anywhere from 600 degrees to 1000 degrees, immolating people right where they were, but not until after it suffocated them

Once B-29 bombers came online in World War II, the United States put them into battle almost immediately. Nine out of  ten munitions dropped on Japan came from B-29 bomb bay doors. Flying out of Tinian Island, the B-29s were taking part of a highly complex and massive series of bombing raids into Japanese cities ordered by Air Commander Curtis LeMay. One of these operations was call Meetinghouse. Not sure where they find these names or what their significance is, but this could have been one of the more deadly bombing raids ever n the history of the world. On the evenings of March 9th and 10th, American B-29s launched a massive  attack on Tokyo. Perhaps the most destructive bombing raid in history.

 

The air force stripped the B-29s of their defensive weaponry and used the tonnage for more bombs. The fact is, the air defenses in Japan were not up to par. Experienced ahi aircraft crews were hard to find this late in the war. The low altitude flight path for the bombers caught the AAA personnel off guard and they could not acquire the bombers in their sights. The vast majority of the  victims were ordinary people who had little or nothing to do with the war effort. These were  the M-69 bombs, 3,400 tons of incendiary munitions were dropped from 8,000 feet. The result in material was 286,358 buildings. It is estimated that 100,000 people were killed in the firestorms, many of them sucked into the flames by wind storms created by the fire itself.

 

 

Workers assembling M-69 Incendiary Cylinders

 

Source: Wiki

 

 

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