"I wish to
compliment the Sixth Bombardment Group for the excellent bombing results
that were obtained on the attacks made against Kanoya Airfield and lbusuki
Airfield on 8 May 1945. Photographic evidence reveals that all the bombs
were dropped within 1000 feet of the Main Point of Impact on Kanoya Airfield.
Photographs from the squadron attacking the ' lbusuki Airfield indicate
that approximately 97 per cent of the bombs fell within 1000 feet of the
assigned MPI. The leadership displayed and the will to accomplish assigned,tasks
exemplifies the determination and aggressive spirit of a fighting organization.
I wish you would personally convey this message to the combat crews concerned".
May 1945, from Brig Gen John H. Davies, Commanding General, 313th Bomb
Tokyo Mission -
25 May 1945
On 24 May 1945 the
Sixth Bomb Group was alerted for a maximum effort incendiary attack for
take off thirty-six hours after return of its Superfortresses from a mission
on which a large number of aircraft were damaged. Tireless and efficient
work by the maintenance crews readied twenty-seven B-29's by take off
time. The target was Tokyo's last strategically important industrial section.
Sixth's ships went in first, leading the raiders, on a low-level run through
heavy anti-aircraft fire and effective searchlights. Forty-one fighters
and fifty suicide planes attacked the formation while over the Empire.
The Group lost three aircraft and had fourteen heavily damaged by night
fighters and anti-air craft fire while shooting down eight enemy planes
and destroying the target area. Indomitable courage skill and devotion
to duty shown by the combat crews and the determination and technical
mastery of the ground personnel earned the Distinguished Unit Citation.
Straits - 9-19 July 1945
Charged with the strategic
blockading of Japanese home waters, the Group, along with the other groups
in the Wing, laid mines with telling effect to help materially in the
final destruction of the enemy's ship-borne lines of communication. The
location of all mines had to be pin-pointed with extreme accuracy to obtain
immediate results on Jap shipping and for the eventual mine-sweeping operations
by our own naval forces. Missions were flown every other night at levels
of about 7500 feet over heavily defended enemy territory; the mines dropped
by radar. Thirty-one aircraft laid mines in the Shimonoseki Straits with
the loss of only one plane on 9 July. Two-nights later one of the longest
missions of the war was flown to mine Korea's harbors of Rashin and Fusan.
The combined efforts of all personnel of the Sixth were vital factors
contributing to the ultimate success of the aerial mining of the Jap home