US veterans who firebombed Japan meet survivor

Fiske Hanley was an engineer on a B-29 bomber in the March 10, 1945, firebombing of Tokyo that killed about 100,000 people and destroyed much of the eastern part of the city.

By: AP | Tokyo | Published: December 9, 2015 6:53:54 pm
Fiske Hanley, right, of Fort Worth, TX, an American World War II veteran who took part in firebombing of Tokyo and was later held captive by the Japanese 70 years ago, shows some pages of his book "Accused American War Criminal" to survivor Haruyo Nihei, left, a museum storytelling volunteer, talk at the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Hanley, 95, was on a B-29 as engineering crew in the March 10, 1945 firebombing that nearly destroyed eastern Tokyo, with overnight death toll exceeding 100,000. Hanley is also a victim of brutality by Japan’s “kempeitai” military police during his captivity after his B-29 crashed.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Fiske Hanley, right, of Fort Worth, TX, an American World War II veteran who took part in firebombing of Tokyo and was later held captive by the Japanese 70 years ago, shows some pages of his book “Accused American War Criminal” to survivor Haruyo Nihei, left, a museum storytelling volunteer, talk at the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Five American veterans who took part in firebombing Japan during World War II saw photos of stacks of charred bodies and leveled homes at a museum dedicated to the victims, and said the outcome on the ground of their missions was awful.

Fiske Hanley was an engineer on a B-29 bomber in the March 10, 1945, firebombing of Tokyo that killed about 100,000 people and destroyed much of the eastern part of the city. On the ground, Haruyo Nihei was running for her life as a schoolgirl.

Fiske Hanley, right, of Fort Worth, TX, an American World War II veteran who took part in firebombing of Tokyo and was later held captive by the Japanese 70 years ago, and survivor Haruyo Nihei, left, a museum storytelling volunteer, talk at the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Hanley, 95, was on a B-29 as engineering crew in the March 10, 1945 firebombing that nearly destroyed eastern Tokyo, with overnight death toll exceeding 100,000. Hanley is also a victim of brutality by Japan’s “kempeitai” military police during his captivity after his B-29 crashed.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Fiske Hanley, right, is also a victim of brutality by Japan’s “kempeitai” military police during his captivity after his B-29 crashed. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Hanley and Nihei, now 95 and 79, met at the museum on Wednesday and celebrated their survival.

The five veterans, who were on separate planes that firebombed different areas of Japan, are visiting Tokyo on a Japanese government reconciliation program.

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