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Waelti: Rendezvous with death on Ie Shima
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March 1945 - The Marianas, Guam, Saipan, and Tinian were in American hands, bringing American bombers within range of Japan. With the subsequent capture of Iwo Jima, lying midway between the Marianas and Japan, American bombers would have fighter escort to Japan, and a place for crippled bombers to land on the return flight from Japan. Thus began the massive bombing raids that lay waste to Japan's major cities and industrial complex.