Japanese Military Planes of World War II

Imperial Japanese Air Force of World War II

     The Japanese attack on American naval and air forces at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 brought the United States into World War II.  The first three years of the war was largely characters by the army and marines "island hopping" across the Pacific. The air war was fought largely between carrier based planes.  Once the Japanese homeland was in range, the U.S. Army Air Forces established air bases for its huge new B-29 bombers.  During the spring and summer of 1945, "firebombing" reduced the major cities to ashes.  Although already brought to knees by such raids, the dropping of the atomic bombs forced Japan to surrender.  
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