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Toyama (137.22E 36.70N) is a city and rail junction on the northwest coast of Honshu. The population was 127,860 in 1944. With abundant electrical power from the nearby Kurobe hydroelectric project, the city was a center of aluminum production. There were also important ball bearing and machine tool industries.
On 1 August 1942, the city was bombed by 173 B-29s of 73
Bombardment Wing, which dropped 1466 tons of bombs and incendiaries. The city was
virtually wiped off the map, with 99.5 percent of its urban area
destroyed and 2,149 persons killed.
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