In the summer of 1945, the action carried out by the 20th Air Force and more precisely the XXI Bomber Command for eight months (precision bombings, incendiary raids, operation "Starvation" and plan "Empire") bore fruit and annihilated the military-industrial capacities of the Japanese archipelago. To draw a parallel with the Noble Art, Japan finds itself from the beginning of July in the situation of the "technical knockout" boxer with a knee on the ground but who prefers to continue taking hits rather than throwing in the towel. . With a weakened hunting and deliberately nailed to the ground while awaiting the landings which they know to be inevitable and with radars and a DCA which never really worried the adversary, the Japanese are reduced to watching the B-29s survey. their airspace by the hundreds, day and night, but with no apparent desire for surrender ... This observation will result in the decision to use atomic weapons, the culmination of the “Manhattan” project. It is this part of the strategic campaign of the 20th Air Force that relates this 8th and last opus of the saga "B-29 on Japan", parallel to the last raids of the "Empire" plan and the specific role of the 315th Bomb Wing which some will say that it consisted only of "shooting a dead horse". Researchers and other detail freaks will find in the appendix the exhaustive list (with numbering, nickname and fate of the devices) of all the B-29s used during the campaign, the official list of the operations of the XX and XXI Bomber Commands and a study on the fate of aviators prisoners of war.
Exceptionally, this issue is 104 pages long, with 193 photos, 17 color profiles and 9 maps.