History Tip of the Day – May 27th

US Navy begins aerial attacks on Japan, July 10, 1945

Taking advantage of newly opened airfields on Okinawa, naval aviators start flying hundreds of sorties a day. Their bombs destroy Japan’s shipping, railways, and limited aerial defenses. Instead of the B-29s that drop their payloads from thousands of feet in the air, many aviators fly so low that the Japanese people actually duck as the fighter-bombers thunder overhead. Often they can clearly see the pilots’ faces. American power is slowly crushing Japan’s national morale. Yet the populace is being ordered to fight to the death. Many households have been issued sharpened sticks and are expected to use them when the Americans invade.