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US Twentieth Air Force
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US Twentieth Air Force

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The US Twentieth Air Force was a bomber command based in the Marianas (Guam and Tinian in particular) during World War II. They were assigned the responsibility of destroying Japan's industry. Because of the long ranges involved, the Twentieth airforce was equipped with B-29's, the longest range bomber in the world at the time.

The damage done by the Twentieth airforce was devestating to Japan's industry, and severely crippeled it's ability to fight. It was they who firebombed of Tokyo on the night of March 9 - March 10, 1945, as well as dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The flight route from Marianas to Japan took bombers with radar and figher range of Iwo Jima. The loss of Iwo Jima deprived the Japanese of important strategic point for their defense against the Twentieth Airforce.

They were under the command of Hap Arnold, and later Curtis LeMay.

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