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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 24 11:53 PM

November 25th, 2015: Tokyo Firebombing

Operation Meetinghouse, the B-29 firebombing raid on Tokyo of March 9th/10th, 1945, is thought to be the most destructive air raid in history. What a mess, but it looks like not many to help clean up.
Hey, that looks like one of those wood gas units in the trunk of that car, conserving fuel for the military.

Fortunately only five months later we had improved the bombing technique so it only took two planes instead of 334, saving tons of fuel and probably a lot of overtime pay. Also the bodies were vaporized saving all that cleanup they had in Tokyo.

Gravdigr  Tuesday Nov 24 11:57 PM

I was wondering wtf was in the trunk of that car...

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 25 12:49 AM

It's called a wood burner. Technically a Gasifier, and can burn a number of things but a lot of them are eatable, so they're not a good choice. To most people wood is the easiest to obtain. It will also use charcoal which seems to be abundant there.

Lamplighter  Wednesday Nov 25 01:00 AM

I once made a trip to Japan and (of course) learned many things.

My host was Chairman of Dept of Pediatrics at the University.
On the way to his home for dinner, he told me his entire family
had died in that bombing raid. I felt very uncomfortable.

He and his family lived in the family home which was old and much larger than most.
He said his father was also a physician and on the faculty of the same med school.
The house and gardens were truly spectacular ... classic old-school Japanese, with paper sliding doors, etc.
It was one of very few that survived that fire bombing completely in tact.

After dinner, he told me his parent's had lost all of their children in that same raid !
I said I did not understand. But it was quite simple.

During war time, people do what they have to do to survive.
His "parents" had adopted him, and he had taken the name of their oldest son.
He graduated med school, and thus was carrying on their son's name and their family traditions.

My wife and I were touched.

Griff  Wednesday Nov 25 08:03 AM

Thanks for sharing that L.

glatt  Wednesday Nov 25 08:33 AM

Fuck war.

Clodfobble  Wednesday Nov 25 09:13 AM

Originally Posted by Lamplighter
His "parents" had adopted him, and he had taken the name of their oldest son.
He graduated med school, and thus was carrying on their son's name and their family traditions.
This is a cool story. But I'm honestly a little weirded out by the kid changing his name to match their dead kid's name. Last name, sure, you've joined a new family. But maybe he was super young when they adopted him and didn't really notice the difference.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 25 09:52 AM

A culture of strict obedience to superiors.

lumberjim  Wednesday Nov 25 10:58 AM

Whew. I get my news here, and thought for a moment, when I saw the thread title, that there had been another attack today.

Carry on.

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