WWII memory: Tokyo bridge a firebombing refuge for some, death trap for others

March 9, 2015 7:05 AM

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WWII memory: Tokyo bridge a firebombing refuge for some, death trap for others

In this March 6, 2015 photo, Michiko Kiyo-oka, 91, stands at the riverside of Sumida river near the Asakusa district in Tokyo. Kiyo-oka, a city government worker and daughter of traditional entertainers, ran with her parents and sister toward the Sumida river, crowding with many others under the Kototoi Bridge. Kiyo-oka managed to avoid being pushed into the deep water, and her mother also survived at the water’s edge. But her sister swam for a wooden post that caught fire and her father died trying to save her. Hundreds of people drowned, suffocated or were burned to death as the water’s surface, slick with napalm, caught fire. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) (The Associated Press)

In this March 6, 2015 photo, Michiko Kiyo-oka, 91, holds a banner read as Tokyo Firebombing lawsuit at the riverside of Sumida river near the Asakusa district in Tokyo. Kiyo-oka, a city government worker and daughter of traditional entertainers, ran with her parents and sister toward the Sumida rive...

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