"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".

10 May 1945, from Brig Gen John H. Davies, Commanding General, 313th Bomb Wing.


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.

Mining Shimonoseki 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 waters.

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