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Yokohama during visit of U.S. "Great White Fleet" in 1908.
Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 1567
35.463N) is a major port city on
the west side of Tokyo
Bay. The port was opened in
1859 to export silk, and the city was incorporated on 1 April
1889. The city was almost completely destroyed in the great
earthquake of 1923 and was
rebuilt to modern standards. Yokohama was built on the estuary of
the Tsurumi River,
but this was reclaimed in 1931 and the new coastline became an
industrial belt. The population in October 1940 was 968,091 persons.
Nippon Hikoki K.K. The production schedule of this factory complex was approximately as follows:
|Aircraft Type||Average Airframes Per Month||Starting Month||Ending Month|
The shipyards of Yokohama produced mostly merchant shipping and minesweepers, escorts, and other small warships, though Ryujo was also completed here prior to war.
||Building Way Length
U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org
The city was bombed by a single Doolittle Raider on 18 April 1942 that did negligible damage. It was among the first six Japanese cities selected for massed incendiary attack, and was first raided by 517 B-29s escorted by 101 P-51s on 29 May 1945. Some 2,570 tons of bombs were dropped, burning out 6.9 square miles (17.9 km2). By then the port was already out of operation, and by July the industrial heart of the city was almost completely destroyed.
Craven and Cate (1952; accessed 2011-10-2)
Hansell (1986; accessed 2011-10-2)
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