Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan

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From Hell Hawks! author Bob Dorr, Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and back. Told in the veterans' words, Mission to Tokyo is a narrative of every aspect of long range bombing, including pilots and other aircrew, groundcrew, and escort fighters that accompanied the heavy bombers on their perilous mission.

Several thousand men on the small Mariana Islands of Guam, ...

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Overview

From Hell Hawks! author Bob Dorr, Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and back. Told in the veterans' words, Mission to Tokyo is a narrative of every aspect of long range bombing, including pilots and other aircrew, groundcrew, and escort fighters that accompanied the heavy bombers on their perilous mission.

Several thousand men on the small Mariana Islands of Guam, Saipan, and Tinian were trying to take the war to the Empire—Imperial Japan—in B-29 Superfortresses flying at 28,000 feet, but the high-altitude bombing wasn't very accurate. The decision was made to take the planes down to around 8,000 feet, even as low as 5,000 feet. Eliminating the long climb up would save fuel, and allow the aircraft to take heavier bomb loads. The lower altitude would also increase accuracy substantially. The trade-off was the increased danger of anti-aircraft fire. This was deemed worth the risk, and the devastation brought to the industry and population of the capital city was catastrophic. Unfortunately for all involved, the bombing did not bring on the quick surrender some had hoped for. That would take six more months of bombing, culminating in the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As with Mission to Berlin (Spring 2011), Mission to Tokyo focuses on a specific mission from spring 1945 and provides a history of the strategic air war against Japan in alternating chapters.

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"Robert F. Dorr’s Mission to Tokyo captures in rich detail what it waslike logistically and emotionally for the airmen who delivered that deadly ordnance and whose efforts helped hasten the war’s end.  Mission to Tokyo is a good story well told." - Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760341223
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 640,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert F. Dorr (Oakton, VA) is an Air Force veteran (Korea, 1957–1960), a retired senior American diplomat (1964–1989), and the author of seventy books and thousands of magazine articles and newspaper columns about the Air Force and air warfare. Bob has written for Air and Space Smithsonian, Flight Journal, Air Forces Monthly, Air Power History, and many other publications. He is a columnist for Air Force Times newspaper and writes the Washington Watch feature for Aerospace America magazine. Mission to Tokyo is a follow-up to his previous book, Mission to Berlin.

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Table of Contents

Contents
 
Chapter One: Wake-Up
Chapter Two: Starting
Chapter Three: Warm-Up
Chapter Four: Struggling
Chapter Five: Way Up
Chapter Six: Soldiering
Chapter Seven: The Way In
Chapter Eight: Striving
Chapter Nine: Squabbling
Chapter Ten: To the Target
Chapter Eleven: A City Ignited
Chapter Twelve: Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
Chapter Thirteen: The Way Out
Chapter Fourteen: "What's a B-32 Dominator?"
Chapter Fifteen: Flexing the Fire
Chapter Sixteen: The Way Home
Chapter Seventeen: The Fire Blitz
Chapter Eighteen: Air Campaign
Chapter Nineteen: "Destroyer of Worlds"
Chapter Twenty: Mission to Hiroshima
Acknowledgments
Appendix One: Bomb Groups
Appendix Two: What Happened to Them?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    this was a well written book and Mr. Dorr has done the the subje

    this was a well written book and Mr. Dorr has done the the subject justice. Unfortunately, the publisher needs to hire a proofreader or perhaps fire the one they have. when there are many typos it makes me question what else may not be right

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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