Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1944
On November 1st, a B29 flew over Tokyo for the first time. No bombs then – it was a propaganda flight. It showed the Japanese people that the war was no longer distant. Actual bombing raids after that weren’t very successful. General Curtis LeMay, a veteran of bombing raids in Germany, is heading the 8th Air Force. He is convinced that any city supporting Japan’s war effort should be destroyed. His goal is possible now thanks to General MacArthur’s strategy of island hopping closer and closer to the home islands of Japan. Firebombing raids began November 24 and are the opening of a new offensive in the Pacific.