May 29, 1942 – This Day During World War ll – 454 B-29 bombers (escorted by 101 P-51 fighters) firebombed Yokohama, Japan.

May 29, 1942 – 454 B-29 bombers (escorted by 101 P-51 fighters) firebombed Yokohama, Japan.
Alarmed at the increasing B-29 losses, a change of tactics was ordered. In an attempt to confuse the enemy defenses and to lure Japanese fighters into an air battle in which many of them would be destroyed, high-altitude daylight attacks were temporarily resumed. On May 29, 454 B-29s appeared over Yokohama, but this time they were escorted by P-51 Mustangs from Iwo Jima. In the resulting dogfight, 26 Japanese fighters were destroyed as against the lost of four B-29s and three P-51s. Thereafter, the Japanese hoarded their surviving fighters for a last-ditch effort against the inevitable invasion force, and the air defense of cities became a lesser priority. By June of 1945, Japanese interceptors were seen much less frequently and the B-29s had virtually free reign over all Japanese airspace.

P-51 fighters escorting B-29’s over Japan

1 thought on “May 29, 1942 – This Day During World War ll – 454 B-29 bombers (escorted by 101 P-51 fighters) firebombed Yokohama, Japan.

  1. I’m thinking that 1942 in the title isn’t correct.

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