10 March 2007
Sixty-two Years Ago Today
March 9-10 marks the sixty-second anniversary of the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo when more than 300 American B-29s dropped thousands of explosives onto the city. The ensuing firestorm raged through and destroyed around forty-one square kilometres of land and incinerated an estimated 100,000 people, predominately civilians, in a single night. Those who weren't burned alive either asphyxiated as the inferno sucked all the oxygen from the air, or drowned or boiled in the rivers in which they sought refuge.
It is considered by many to be the most devastating air raid in history.