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In 1945, after takeoff crashes of four Superfortresses on Tinian, ordnance experts decided to delay installation of the A-bomb's triggering device until the Enola Gay is en route to Hiroshima. MacArthur's command in the Pacific was broadened to include Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands. He announced the invasion of Japan will be mounted from bases in the Philippines and the Ryukyus. B-29s dropped 720,000 leaflets warning people in 12 Japanese cities that they have been added to the Superfortresses' target list. P-38 "Lightning" fighter-bombers fly 2,000 miles from the Philippines to bomb the Japanese naval base at Surabaya, Java.
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