Warning Leaflets

Toward the end of the war warning leaflets were dropped on Japanese cities prior to bombing. Many of these appear to have gone home with 20th AF members as mementos.

Warning Leaflet Front: Click for full image (72K)

Warning Leaflet Text: Click for full image (98K)


Translation:

ATTENTION JAPANESE PEOPLE
In the next few days the military installations in some or all of the cities named on the photograph will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. The American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people, but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked, but some or all will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.

From Saipan. Then and Now. by Glenn E. McClure. Published by the Confederate Air Force. 1990.

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