Firebombing of Tokyo

Date taken: March 10, 1945
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Historical Context

The "Operation Meetinghouse" firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9–10, 1945, was the single deadliest air raid of World War II.

The bombings and resulting fires inflicted a greater area of fire damage and loss of life than the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima or Nagasaki as single events.

Historical Events

  • 1945-03-09 334 US B-29 Superfortresses attack Tokyo with 120,000 fire bombs
  • 1945-03-10 Tokyo in fire after night time B-29 bombings, more than 100,000 people die, mostly civilians.

Historical Photos