How many weekly deaths occurred in Japan during WWII at various points along the war (mostly in 1945)?

I am in need of numbers and dates. I am mostly referring to the continuous firebombings that occurred in 1945 before the dropping of the nukes. I know that the US was killing thousands a week but that wasn't enough and they were doing everything they could to kill faster. I need numbers, approximate dates and most importantly sources because this will need to be verified. How many died in particular raids is useless. I need weekly figures.

Update:

Well, I was unable to find anything useful even searching what you suggested. Also, I don't need figures for specific instances. Really, the time period I am interested in, ends with the dropping of Little Boy. Firebombing was continuously occuring all over japan. It would be nearly impossible (for me) to track each mission. I know these figures were calculated and well known among officials during the war. The numbers we hear about tend to be post-war calculations. I am sure that every general in the AF was well aware of the Japanese population, its distribution, and how many were dying with these raids. I gues that I would just like to be aware of it as well.

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  • area52
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    1 decade ago
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    I don't think weekly death figures by US air raids on Japan is available.

    USF bombed 180 cities throughout Japan in 1945. The following list is approx number of civilians killed by the air raids on the spot (actually, more people died afterwards). These figures do not include wounded casualties.

    US air raids on Japan

    1942/04/18: Doolittle raid: 45

    1944/06/16: Northern Kyushu (from China)

    Major cities

    Tokyo (106 times)

    1945/03/10: 83,000 by 325 B29s

    1945/04/13: 2,459 by 330 B29s

    1945/04/15: 841 by 202 B29s

    1945/05/24: 762 by 525 B29s

    1945/05/25: 3,651 by 470 B29s

    Nagoya (63 times: total 8630)

    1945/03/12: 602

    1945/03/19: 1037 by 230 (or 310) B29s

    1945/05/14: by 480 B29s

    1945/06/09: 2068 by 43 B29s

    1945/06/21: 426 by 120 B29s

    Osaka (33 times)

    1945/03/13: 3115 by 279 B29s

    1945/06/01: 3150 by 474 B29s

    1945/06/07:1594 by 250 B29s

    1945/06/15: 418 by 469 B29s

    1945/06/26: 592 by 100 B29s

    1945/07/24: 187 by 400 B29s

    1945/08/14: 173 by 100 B29s

    Kobe (128 times: 8841)

    1945/03/17: 2598 by 309 B29s

    1945/05/11:1093 by 92 B29s

    1945/06/05: 3184 by 481 B29s

    Kyoto (20 times:302)

    1945/01/16: 41

    1945/06/26: 43

    Major local cities

    1944/11/21: Kumamoto by 80 B29s

    1945/03/27: Kokura

    1945/04/08: Tamano

    1945/04/15: Kawasaki: approx. 1000 by 200 B29s

    1945/05/29: Yokohama:3787 by 475 B29s

    1945/05/31: Taipei(under Japanese rule):3000

    1945/06/18: Hamamatsu:1720

    1945/06/10: Chiba:152 by 100 B29s

    1945/06/19: Fukuoka: 744 by 221 B29s

    1945/06/22: Kurashiki:11

    1945/06/28 &07/01-02: Kure: 500 by 152 B29s

    1945/06/29: Sasebo: 1300 by 141 B29s

    1945/06/29: Okayama: 1737 by 70 B29s

    1945/07/04: Takamatsu: 1359 by 90 B29s

    1945/07/01-02: Kumamoto: 469 by 154 B29s

    1945/07/06: Chiba 1679 by 124 B29s

    1945/07/06: Kofu:1027 by 131 B29s

    1945/07/09: Wakayama: 1200 by 100 B29s

    1945/07/09: Sakai: 1860 by 100 B29s

    1945/07/09: Gifu: 900 by 130 B29s

    1945/07/10: Sendai: 828 by 124 B29s

    1945/07/12: Utsunomiya:1679 by 120 B29s

    1945/07/12: Tsuruga: 109

    1945/07/14-15: Hokkaido by 2000 carrier-borne aircrafts

    1945/07/17: Hiratsuka and Numazu: 544 by 130 B29s

    1945/07/19: Fukui: 1576 by 128 B29s

    1945/0719: Hitachi: 2199 by 127 B29s

    1945/07/19: Choshi: 1181 by 91 B29s

    1945/07/24&28: Tsu: 1239

    1945/07/26: Taira

    1945/07/28: Aomori: 1767 by 61 B29s

    1945/08/01: Mito:1535 by 99 B29s

    1945/08/01: Hachioji: 2900 by 169 B29s

    1945/08/01: Nagaoka: 1470 by 125 B29s

    1945/08/02: Toyama: 2737 by 70 B29s

    1945/08/05: Maebashi & Takasaki: 1323 by 92 B29s

    1945/08/06: Atomic bomb on Hiroshima: 140,000

    1945/08/07: Toyokawa (Navy shipyard): 2477

    1945/08/08: Fukuyama: 354 by 91 B-29s

    1945/08/09: Atomic bomb on Nagasaki: 70,000

    1945/08/10: Kumamoto

    1945/08/11: Kurume: 212

    1945/08/14: Kumagaya: 687 by 82 B29s

    19454/08/14: Hikari Navy shipyard: 738

    1945/08/14-15: Odawara: 30-50

    1945/08/14-15: Shizaki: 300 by 132 B29s (last air raid)

    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%A9%BA%E8%A5%B2

    (This page has not been translated into English)

    The number of casualties and damages according to prefectural govts are also available in Japanese.

    http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/nvcc/WA2.HTM

  • 1 decade ago

    Bomb Damage Assessment BDA

    done after each raid over Japan, google such and say:

    General

    Hap Arnold

    Haywood Hansell

    LeMay

    O'Donnell

    LeMay took over early January 1945 and still did not meet "expectations" despite all the damage and burnings.

    BDA's seldom did count actual killed estimates but % of target, etc.

    But these are the key names and the term.

    Suspect this will get you enough

  • 1 decade ago

    Your question sounds biased against the US attempts to end a war that Japan started by bombing Pearl Harbor and trying to kill as many people as it could.

    Japan could have avoided the eventual bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki if Tojo negotiated a peace settlement after we defeated his army on Okinawa. However, his samurai pride prevented him from rational thinking and decided that every Japanese man, woman and child should die for the glory of the Rising Sun. WWII was not our idea, but in war a nation decides whether it wants to win or lose. We chose victory.

    You sound like you want to make a revisionist makeover of historical events to satisfy your anti American prejudice.

  • 1 decade ago

    During the night of March 9-10, 1945 the Army Air Force fire bombed Tokyo. Estimates of the dead range from 100,000 to 200,000.

    The two nukes combined killed an estimated 150,000 Japanese.

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