Z SQUARE 7, A B-29 TRUE STORY

Lt Hap Halloran March 10, 1945

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This is the induction dinner into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame at CAF Midland, Texas in October 2001. "Hap" is hosting Jenna Welch who is the mother of Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush.  Five other flyers including former President George HW Bush were inducted at this elegant dinner.

 Lt “Hap” Halloran remembers March 10, 1945 as a night of terror.

 

“My cage in Kempei Tai Headquarters was immediately adjacent the moat at the north edge of Imperial Palace grounds. The air raid sirens were late sounding as planes and bombings followed almost immediately. Judging from the sound of the wind against the wooden Kempei Tai stable I would estimate winds at 25 mph at the start of the mission.

 

As the fires accelerated the wind intensified creating a firestorm. Fires, heat and smoke reached our immediate area. A wood door and a portion of the roof burnt on our stable. It was a terrifying night. Our guards vacated their positions for their own safety. Our cages were locked. There were 5 B-29er POWs in their solitary cages in the stable. We each remained silent during the entire raid. Silent prayers and fear dominated. The anti-aircraft gun close by was rapid firing and our wooden building shook. Finally the gun was silent. Screams of people apparently seeking the waters of the nearby moat were constant. The high winds blew aside the dark curtain over a small barred window at the back rear side of my cage. I could see the solid red sky. Smoke and smell penetrated our stable cage area. Realistically I never thought I would survive that night. I can only estimate the bombings continued over two hours.

 

On my subsequent return visits to Tokyo I always visit that specific area where I was confined that early morning of March 10, 1945. The Kempei Tai Headquarters building and stables are gone now. The moat is still there. Sometimes I just stand there and relive a partial memory of that night of terror. I also cross the bridges over the Sumida River on the East side of Tokyo into the initial target area.    

 

On my eight return visits to former target cities in Japan I always reflect back on those B-29ers who performed so well in those days, with special thoughts about those who never made it home.”

 

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On March 10, 2002 a new Museum was dedicated in Tokyo east of the Sumida River.   It is located very near the area marked out by the Pathfinders as primary intiial bombing points that early morning on March 10, 1945.  Katsumoto Saotome triggered the concept of this Museum.  He is a well known writer of over 60 books.  Hap  was invited and accepted the invitation to be principal  speaker at the dedication.  The audience of over 400 knew that Hap Halloran was a     B 29er and Prisoner of War in Kempei Tai torture prison in central Tokyo that long ago night.  Thus the speaker and guests shared somewhat similar memories.  The formal dinner following the dedication was sociable and friendly. 

 

Perhaps it is true that  "TIME HEALS EVERYTHING .....almost".

 

Author's note: Hap uses that quote often....along with "ENJOY LIFE."   

 

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Hap going to Alaska Fall of 2005

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