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The title is a bit misleading, since this book is mainly a history of the B-29 during WWII, including its development, mechanical workings, early flights, and of course, its bombing missions over Japan.
The book is a terrific photo essay, and has really great photos of the innards of the B-29, as well as shots of the B-29 bases in China and then at Guam, pictures from the bombing missions, pictures of the Japanese fighter pilot opposition, etc. Almost every aspect of the history of the B-29 is covered, including a photo of the crash site where Boeing test pilot Edmund Allen was killed. I had read elsewheres already that the prototype B-29 had plowed into a meat packing plant - the photo in this book shows pigs that were let loose by the crash standing on the roof of the partially collapsed building!
There are just so many photos like that one that are intensely unique and eye-catching; the book just sweeps you back into time, back when the B-29 was first struggling to get going, and then progressing to where it became the most devastating deliverer of death and destruction of WWII.
Great book! I began to receive these books as a teenager and after 30 years was finally able to complete collecting the series. This book, "Bombers over Japan" was a great read. For casual readers of WWII history, or even devoted fans of the subject, this book is yet another well-researched and well-written summary of the US Army Air Force's bombing campaign against Japan. Also, the list of references used in the research of this book is worth owning it as many of those references are good reads themselves, if one can still find them.
The book arrived promptly, was packaged well and is in great condition. I recommend reading it for fans of this series from Time-Life, yet another great book in a great, well-plannned and well-produced history of The Second World War.
Bought this for my dad who is 87 yrs old and use to fly the B-29 and was stationed in Saipan. He recalled alot of the information talked about in the book. This was a great item for a former war vet who served in the South Pacific.