#41. Inhuman Flames

1: The Chihaya Special Attack squad headed to Iwo Jima in order to destroy the invading enemy forces.
2: However, the results of this mission were miserable.
3: I-368, which left Otsu Island on February 20th, was never heard from again.
4: According to records from after the war, on February 26th, it was sunk near Iwo Jima.
5: Likewise, I-370 was discovered by an American destroyer, and after 8 depth charge attacks, it sunk to the ocean floor.
6: I-44 was captured and immobilized by the enemy.
7 The Holy Warrior Squad, which departed several days later, returned to Otsu Island on March 9th along with I-36.

1: Strangely enough, on March 9th, the same day that I-44 and I-36 returned,
2: the 334 B-29 bombers flew out from the Twentieth American Air Force Base on the Mariana Islands.
3: At this juncture, the American army switched over from their precision bombing strategies that mainly targeted war plants,
4: and began performing indiscriminate air strikes where incendiary bombs were dropped on major cities.
5: On March 10th, at 0:08 AM,
6: B-29s that appeared over Koto-ku in Tokyo began dropping incendiary bombs.
7: In total, 1,700 tons and over one million incendiary bomblets burned down the city.

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1: After the March 10th attack on Tokyo,
2: over a period of only ten days, Nagoya, Osaka, and Kobe also suffered the same type of indiscriminate air strikes.
3: The American army ranked Japanese cities by population,
4: and ended up burning down 64 large, medium, and small cities with incendiary bombs, in that order.

1: According to an announcement from an American research group after the war, over 886,000 people were killed, and 9,700,000 people were injured in the air strikes.
2: The air strikes continued until August 15, 1945, when the war ended.