Was Tokyo bombed in WW2?

Question: Was Tokyo bombed in WW2?

Answer: Yes. Very much so.

Of the 100-plus bombing raids targeting Tokyo, the attack of March 9-10, 1945 left one million people homeless and killed 100,000. In total, American raids would destroy roughly half of central Tokyo. Here’s a time-lapse map of the raids showing the rapid spread of fire damage during the March 9-10 raid, centering on Koto-ku:

(For more about this map, see: Tokyo’s archaeology of World War II 東京の第二次世界大戦の考古学 WW2 sites)

And here’s a photo of Tokyo after the air raids. The building at lower-right is the Old Ryogoku Kokugikan 旧両国国技館, current site of the Ryougoku Sumo Hall (map).

Other Japanese cities were even harder-hit. Almost everyone is aware of the damage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, decimated by atomic bombs, but the fate of Japan’s other cities often gets overlooked. Here’s a list of the sixty-seven Japanese cities bombed during World War 2 (Source: Digital Text International).

67 Japanese Cities Firebombed in World War II:
 
Name of Japanese
city firebombed
Percentage of the
city destroyed
Equivalent in size to
the following American city
Yokohama 58 Cleveland
Tokyo 51 New York
Toyama 99 Chattanooga
Nagoya 40 Los Angeles
Osaka 35.1 Chicago
Nishinomiya 11.9 Cambridge
Siumonoseki 37.6 San Diego
Kure 41.9 Toledo
Kobe 55.7 Baltimore
Omuta 35.8 Miami
Wakayama 50 Salt Lake City
Kawasaki 36.2 Portland
Okayama 68.9 Long Beach
Yawata 21.2 San Antonio
Kagoshima 63.4 Richmond
Amagasaki 18.9 Jacksonville
Sasebo 41.4 Nashville
Moh 23.3 Spokane
Miyakonoio 26.5 Greensboro
Nobeoka 25.2 Augusta
Miyazaki 26.1 Davenport
Hbe 20.7 Utica
Saga 44.2 Waterloo
Imabari 63.9 Stockton
Matsuyama 64 Duluth
Fukui 86 Evansville
Tokushima 85.2 Ft. Wayne
Sakai 48.2 Forth Worth
Hachioji 65 Galveston
Kumamoto 31.2 Grand Rapids
Isezaki 56.7 Sioux Falls
Takamatsu 67.5 Knoxville
Akashi 50.2 Lexington
Fukuyama 80.9 Macon
Aomori 30 Montgomery
Okazaki 32.2 Lincoln
Oita 28.2 Saint Joseph
Hiratsuka 48.4 Battle Creek
Tokuyama 48.3 Butte
Yokkichi 33.6 Charlotte
Uhyamada 41.3 Columbus
Ogaki 39.5 Corpus Christi
Gifu 63.6 Des Moines
Shizuoka 66.1 Oklahoma City
Himeji 49.4 Peoria
Fukuoka 24.1 Rochester
Kochi 55.2 Sacramento
Shimizu 42 San Jose
Omura 33.1 Sante Fe
Chiba 41 Savannah
Ichinomiya 56.3 Springfield
Nara 69.3 Boston
Tsu 69.3 Topeka
Kuwana 75 Tucson
Toyohashi 61.9 Tulsa
Numazu 42.3 Waco
Chosi 44.2 Wheeling
Kofu 78.6 South Bend
Utsunomiya 43.7 Sioux City
Mito 68.9 Pontiac
Sendai 21.9 Omaha
Tsuruga 65.1 Middleton
Nagaoka 64.9 Madison
Hitachi 72 Little Rock
Kumagaya 55.1 Kenosha
Hamamatsu 60.3 Hartford
Maebashi 64.2 Wheeling

Similar statistics scroll across the screen during the documentary film, The Fog of War:

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