[KS] Korea during WWII

カプリオマークE caprio at rikkyo.ac.jp
Mon Jun 10 20:42:18 EDT 2013

This is an interesting question seeing that the US did bomb Taiwan. My
guess is that US bombing missions were inching their way north and the
Korean peninsula was not on that route at the time. That Rhee had an in
with Roosevelt I would doubt very much. I think people in D.C. were rather
sick of him by that time. Also, Roosevelt did not live much longer after
the major bombings of Tokyo began in March 1945. Perhaps the US was not
familiar with the potential targets available in Korea??

Mark Caprio

2013/6/10 shultz at hawaii.edu <shultz at hawaii.edu>

>  This is purely anecdotal but when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Pusan
> in the 60s one of my colleagues at the school where I was teaching
> mentioned how B-29s routinely flew over Korea but never dropped bombs. To
> Koreans it was an inspiration that help was possibly on its way and Japan
> did not rule the skies.
> Ned Shultz
> On 6/10/2013 10:50 AM, Bill Streifer wrote:
>  I am very familiar with B-29 military targets in Japan during WWII, but
> for some reason Korean industry is not on that list. Yes, the ports were
> mined to prevent war materials from reaching Japan, but Wonsan, Pyongyang,
> Seoul and Hungnam were never bombed, not even once.
>  American B-29 "experts" have offered several explanations, but I found
> them all to be inadequate. My thought is that Syngman Rhee struck some sort
> of deal with President Roosevelt? Does anyone have another explanation?
>  Bill Streifer
> --
> Edward J. Shultz
> Dean, School of Pacific and Asian Studies
> Assistant Vice Chancellor, International Programs
> University of Hawaii at Manoa808-956-8818
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