Bombing of Osaka

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The U.S. bombing of Osaka during World War II first took place from the middle of the night on March 13th to the early morning of the next day. There were also bomb raids on June 6th, 7th, 15th, 26th, July 10th, 24th, and August 14th, the last day of the war. It is said that more than 10,000 civilians died in these bombings.

1st bomb raid on Osaka - March 13th, 14th, 1945

The first bomb raid on Osaka lasted for about three and a half hours from 23:57 on March 13th, 1945 to 03:25 on 14th. A total of 274 B29 heavy bombers attacked Osaka. At first, 43 bombers belonging to the 314th Bombardment Wing flew from the Guam island. It was a low-level night raid from an altitude of about 2,000m aiming at the local civilian housings. The pathfinder dropped napalm bombs at a target in the Minato ward and made a conflagration. The following bombers dropped incendiary cluster bombs around the point. Secondly, 107 bombers of the 313th Bombardment wing arrived from Tinian and attacked the Naniwa ward. Finally, 124 bombers of the 73rd Bombardment wing from Saipan arrived and attacked the Kita ward and the Nishi ward. This bomb raid resulted in 3,987 dead and 678 missing.

2nd bomb raid on Osaka - June 1st, 1945



Other bombings near Osaka



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