As the US Air Force gained supremacy in the skies over Japan in the closing days of World War II they began to pick off secondary targets in Japan after the carpet bombing by B-29s of the major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Often these towns had little or no military significance.
Cities such as Aomori, Niigata, Sendai, Ogaki, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka and Gifu were subject to bombing which caused widespread devastation of buildings and the civilian population in these towns. The one attack that destroyed much of Gifu city on July 9, 1949 and left over 900 people dead and 70% of the existing city destroyed is recalled in the free Gifu Peace Museum that is housed in the modern Gifu JR Station.
Exhibits on display include photographs of the damage inflicted on the town, Japanese army and civil defense uniforms of the time and numerous documents relating to that terrible night.
Gifu is just 30 minutes north of Nagoya by express train.
Gifu Peace Room
Gifu JR Station,
Gifu City 500-8856
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