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Location
Tokyo Bay borders Tokyo to the north To the east is Chiba in Chiba Prefecture on Honshū in Japan. To the south is the Uraga Channel (Uraga Kaikyo) between the Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture including Uraga and Yokosuka to the west and the Bōsō Peninsula including Tateyama to the east. In Japanese known as Tokyo Wan. During the Edo period between 1603–1869 known as Edo Bay 江戸湾 (Edo Wan).

Prewar
On July 8, 1853 four U. S. Navy (USN) under the command of Commodore Matthew C. Perry East aboard flagship USS Susquehanna with USS Mississippi, USS Plymouth and USS Saratoga entered Edo Bay (Edo Wan) opening Japan to foreigners that the Japanese dubbed the four "Black Ships" that departed on July 17, 1853 with plans to return in a year. On February 13, 1854 Perry returned with ten ships plus USS Lexington, USS Macedonian, USS Powhatan, USS Vandalia, USS Southampton and USS Supply.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War,
Tokyo Bay was an important maritime port and anchorage for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), merchant shipping, civilian vessels and fishing fleet. Starting in the middle of June 1944 attacked by U. S. bombers and later fighters targeting shipping and aerial mine missions.

American missions against Tokyo and Tokyo Bay
November 24, 1944–September 2, 1945

On August 27, 1945 after the surrender of Japan the first U. S. Navy (USN) and Allied warships entered Tokyo Bay. On September 2, 1945 at 9:02am the official surrender of Japan ceremony took place on the deck of USS Missouri BB-63. Afterwards, used by the U. S. Navy during the occupation of Japan.

Yacht Club Camp (Civilian Internment Camp)
Borders Tokyo Bay. During the war used as a civilian internment camp. Known prisoners include Reed engineer B-26 Marauder 40-1400.

TBM Avenger 69066
Pilot Brega ditched August 13, 1945

F6F-5 Hellcat 79496
Pilot Dozier MIA August 13, 1945

F6F-5 Hellcat 77830
Pilot McPherson MIA August 13, 1945

F6F-5 Hellcat 78006
Pilot Henwood ditched August 13, 1945

OA-10 Catalina 44-34080
Pilot Eliason crashed August 13, 1945

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Last Updated
September 11, 2020

 

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