Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan

Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan

Robert F. Dorr / Sep 23, 2019

Mission to Tokyo The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan From Hell Hawks author Bob Dorr Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and back Told in the ve

  • Title: Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan
  • Author: Robert F. Dorr
  • ISBN: 9780760341223
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Hell Hawks author Bob Dorr, Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and back Told in the veterans words, Mission to Tokyo is a narrative of every aspect of long range bombing, including pilots and other aircrew, groundcrew, and escort fighters that accompanied thFrom Hell Hawks author Bob Dorr, Mission to Tokyo takes the reader on a World War II strategic bombing mission from an airfield on the western Pacific island of Tinian to Tokyo and back Told in the veterans words, Mission to Tokyo is a narrative of every aspect of long range bombing, including pilots and other aircrew, groundcrew, and escort fighters that accompanied the heavy bombers on their perilous mission Several thousand men on the small Mariana Islands of Guam, Saipan, and Tinian were trying to take the war to the Empire Imperial Japan in B 29 Superfortresses flying at 28,000 feet, but the high altitude bombing wasn t very accurate The decision was made to take the planes down to around 8,000 feet, even as low as 5,000 feet Eliminating the long climb up would save fuel, and allow the aircraft to take heavier bomb loads The lower altitude would also increase accuracy substantially The trade off was the increased danger of anti aircraft fire This was deemed worth the risk, and the devastation brought to the industry and population of the capital city was catastrophic Unfortunately for all involved, the bombing did not bring on the quick surrender some had hoped for That would take six months of bombing, culminating in the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki As with Mission to Berlin Spring 2011 , Mission to Tokyo focuses on a specific mission from spring 1945 and provides a history of the strategic air war against Japan in alternating chapters.

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      • Robert F. Dorr

        Author of HITLER S TIME MACHINE Author 1955 Air Force veteran 1957 60 retired Foreign Service officer 1964 89 Author of about 75 books on the Air Force and on military history and operations.Author of the weekly Back Talk column in Air Force Times newspaper, the monthly Washington Watch column in Aerospace America magazine the monthly Front Line column in Combat Aircraft magazine the monthly Washington News column in Air International magazine the The Way It Was photo feature in Warbirds magazine the History Mystery feature in Air Power History magazine, and other stuff.I live in Virginia with spouse and Labrador retriever, have grown sons, new iMac HITLER S TIME MACHINE was published in December 2014


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    1. Mission to Tokyo: The American Airmen Who Took the War to the Heart of Japan is a 3 Star recounting of the “thousand kids” who took the war to Japan in the air. I may raise the rating due to all the interesting information Dorr presents but the book is not the smoothest read. The first half of the book alternates an hour-by-hour accounting of the March 9-10, 1945 firebomb raid on Tokyo with the development of the B-29 and the stories of some crews that will fly the mission. After the mission [...]


    2. An excellent account of the genesis and execution of the B-29 incendiary firebombing attacks on Tokyo, beginning in March, 1945. Dorr frames the narrative around the lives of the B-29 crew members who took part in the raids and it makes for very powerful reading. Anyone interested in the air war in the Pacific during WW II will find this book an excellent resource. It certainly shows why these men will always be known as The Greatest Generation.


    3. Mission To TokyoThis is the story of a firebombing raid of Tokyo by Boeing B-29 bombers during the night of March 9 and 10, 1945. The story is written with the back and forth technique of the current status of on-going bombing mission and the build up to the end of World War II in the Pacific Theater. The fascinating story also includes the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Of the latter, some common myths are cleared up once and for all, but I will not include any spoilers.Robert F. Dor [...]


    4. The B-29 Superfortress was designed to carry the strategic air war to the Japanese homeland. It was an incredibly sophisticated and complex airplane with a long history of malfunctions and bugs, especially with its engines. When the results of the American bombing campaign didn't reach the levels they were supposed to, a change in strategy had to be made. That's where this book comes in: the massive firebombing raid on Tokyo in March, 1945.Following the paths of several B-29 crews and crewmember [...]


    5. First let me say, both my wife and I have read the book. When she initially finished, I asked her take on it; my reading confirmed her views. Note, my wife is generally not a history reader but did so here as her father was pictured in the book and she wanted to know more of his military life and events of WWII.I, on the other hand, am an avid history reader of the Civil War and WWII, especially the Pacific Theater. The book Fly Boys, referenced to the vast damage to Japan and its cities by the [...]


    6. It's nice to see the guys who flew the B-29 finally get their due in this book. It is written in the same style as Mr. Dorr's previous book, Mission to Berlin, in which he follows several men on different aircrews throughout one single mission. The chapters alternate between describing the specific mission to Tokyo and providing the history of the B-29 and the bombing campaign against Japan in general. I found the stories of the individual men and aircrews especially interesting; I think that's [...]


    7. Great narrative that follows a bombing mission on Japan in the waning days of WWII. Dorr does a great job bringing the young men, who took part in the missions, to life. You feel like you know them early on through the book. I also didn't realize that the March 9-10 Tokyo firebombing is considered by many historians to be more immediately catastrophic than the combined atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima; over 100k Japanese perished on those two March nights. Anyone interested in reading a [...]


    8. Like Mission to Berlin, Mission to Tokyo is an excellent book of recollections of those who took part in the bombing of Japan and the final chapter tells of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki who devastated both cities and caused many casualties which forced Japan to surrender.


    9. I always have appreciated history that tells the story through the participants own own words or through the contemporaneous documents both official and non-official. These stories paint a picture of military operations that are not likely to be seen again due to the changing nature of warfare.


    10. I received this book from a giveaway. The story of World War II strategic bombing mission's. This is told in the word's of the veteran's and was very interesting.


    11. This book is focused in detail around the fire-bombing mission to Tokyo on March 9-10, 1945 including all of the preparation leading up to it, the flight to Tokyo, the bombing, the return, and the aftermath. Throughout the story there are flaskbacks and side stories, including some from the Japanese. At first this method seemed confusing because there are a lot of names introduced throughout (the author seems to list names of each of the eleven crew members, their rank, and their function for ea [...]


    12. What James Bradley did for the battle of Iwo Jima in his book "Flags of our Fathers", Robert Dorr does for the fire bombing of Tokyo in this book, "Mission to Tokyo". Just as Bradley went into details about a sampling of the people involved in the defeat of Iwo Jima, Dorr does a similar job with some of the leaders and airmen who "Took the war to the heart of Japan". If you want to know more about the B-29 Bomber and what it took to end WWII in the Pacific, this is a must read.



    13. My husband and I both enjoyed this intriguing book. We both were amazed at the problems the superfortress B-29 had that caused so many losses. The mission to Tokyo was a colossal gamble that General LeMay took when he learned the American air campaign against Japan was failing because of the problems of the B-29 bomber and the USAAf strategic principle of precision (right on the target bombing. The main problems on the b-29 was the huge, 16 ½' Hamilton Standard propellers which caused "run-a-wa [...]


    14. Door does an excellent job of putting together the intricate story of the air campaign against the Japanese during the Second World. From the Doolittle raid to the atomic bombs being dropped, everything is covered in great detail. Also presented are often overlooked aspects such as the CBI (China Burma India) theatre. The reader is not only given detailed information of the campaign to include the production, issues, and implementation of the B-29 bomber but personal stories of the crews that fl [...]


    15. Mr. Dorr is a meticulous researcher who takes the reader into the many disparate moments of the preparations leading up to the air attacks on Tokyo. His notes and bibliography are testament to his efforts. There's a reasonable balance between the harsh facts of the events and the occasional reminders of the importance to consider the historical moral debate about them. My criticism is only with the narrative structure. Mr. Dorr offers extensive details about plans and people but then too often a [...]


    16. Hands down, this is the best, most realistic WWII book I've read. The author so adeptly describes B-29 missions and men that you feel you are in the aircraft beside them. This prep for this book clearly involved extensive research, and the author's horrifying, fascinating, and sometimes touching findings are clearly and brilliantly presented. Included toward the end of the book are more details and stories about the men who fought in Superfortresses and a bit about their lives after the war. I l [...]


    17. Mission to Tokyo is a well written and researched account of the firebombing against Japan in WWII. The narrative is driven by the actual experiences and strategies of the soldiers and officers. It delves into other missions flown by the B-29 Superfortress including the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Anyone interested in military history and/or aviation will benefit from reading this book.


    18. A little too clunky in writing style and syntax - subject, verb, direct object - and too entrenched in mechanical details of planes, this was not my cup of tea; that being said, my father-in-law loved it because he doesn't care about the writing style - he wants the story. So, for me, not a great account of this epic event.


    19. I finished this somewhat disjointed book, and may have learned something in the process. However, there must be better sources on the subject of B-29s in WWII. Not recommended, but not too bad either. Blah!


    20. Although i have not yet finished this book i am thoroughly enjoying reading and learning about the great fire bombing mission. I like the way the book was written and the way it was laid out it helps build up suspense while reading the book.


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