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    Sapporo 札幌市 Hokkaido Prefecture Japan
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USAAF c1930s
Location
Lat 43° 4' 0N Long 141° 20' 60E  Sapporo is located at an elevation of 65' / 19m above sea level on Hokkaido in the Ishikari Subprefecture and is the provincial capital of Hokkaido Prefecture on Hokkaido in Japan. Also known as Sapporo-shi (Sapporo City).

Prewar
In 1937, Sapporo was chosen as the site of the 1940 Winter Olympics scheduled for February 3-12, 1940, but Japan gave the games back to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July 1938 after the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War and St. Moritz, Switzerland then withdrawn due to dispute about ski instructors being considered professionals and was then given to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany but the games were canceled due to the outbreak of World War II in Europe.

Wartime History
On July 14, 1945 and July 15, 1945 thirty B-29 Superfortress bombers dropped 889 tons of E-46 500 lbs incendiary cluster bombs and 500 lbs T4E4 fragmentation cluster bombs into Sapporo at midday during two separate air raids. In the resulting firestorm 190 civilians were killed, 6,788 were injured, 78,000 others remained homeless, and many structures burned. A total of 17.5 percent of Sapporo was destroyed during the Pacific War.

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Last Updated
July 14, 2020

 

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