73 Bomb Wing Mission Summary
Sent in by Jack Franklin a Flight Engineer with the 73rd
Jack's hand written notes in red

Date

Target

Altitude

Bomb
Ton
nage

Our A/C
Lost

Enemy
A/C Lost

Results

1944
10-28

Dublon Is.
Truk Sub
Base

25,000

26

0

0

Seven A/C over primary target dropping 500 pounders smack on the Sub pen. Strike photos show 75% bomb load hitting center target area. Light Flak & enemy air opposition

10-30

Dublon Is.
Truk Sub
Base

26,350

27

0

0

Nine A/C over primary target which was completely obscured. However fires & explosions were observed in the general target area after the visual bomb run. Enemy opposition nil.

11-2

Dublon Is.
Truk Sub
Base

25,000

20.75

0

0

Nine A/C over primary target. Direct hits observed on bridge, hospital & barracks area.

11-5

Iwo Jima
Airfield #1

27,000

72.25

0

0

Sixteen A/C over primary target with 50% bombs on runway. Balance close by. Black & brown smoke rising to 21,500 feet. Some flak but no enemy air attacks.

11-8

Iwo Jima

Airfield #1

27,000

30

0

0

Six A/C over primary target. Many bomb strike flashes noted on runway with well over 50% of bombs landing in target area.

11-10

Tokyo Recco

32,000

Recco

0

0

In spite of adverse weather mission was completed securing valuable information for future raids. One A/C on this mission.

11-24

Tokyo Musashino A/C Plant 2nd Docks & built up urban area

28,000

47.75

1

2 Des.

8 Prob.

5 Dam.

Twenty A/C over primary target with good to excellent results observed. Enemy freighter was bombed & left burning with near misses on other shipping. Accurate Flak & 59 fighter attacks kept the crews busy. No fighter escort.

11-27

Tokyo Musashino A/C Engine Plant 2nd Docks &  urban targets

29,500

to

32,000

39.25

0

0

Fourteen A/C over primary target. Cloud cover forced radar bomb run with unobserved results. No enemy opposition and no fighter escort.

11-29

Tokyo light industrial section.

25,000
to
31,000

28.84

0

0

Seven A/C over primary target on night radar bombing mission. Solid overcast in target area. No enemy fire encountered & no fighter escort.

12-3

Tokyo Musashino A/C Plant 2nd Docks & Industrial area

30,000

37.5

1

3 Des.

3 Prob.

1 Dam.

Eleven A/C on primary target with many impacts noted around target area. Several small fires observed in target area & one large fire just East of the target. 100 enemy fighter attacks with moderate flak. No fighter escort.

12-8

Iwo Jima Airfield #1

21,000

118

0

0

Twelve A/C over primary target. Due to cloud cover radar bombing was employed. No photo coverage but one Squadron observed string of bombs “walking across” airfield target. No enemy action. No fighter escort.

12-13

Nagoya Mitsubishi A/C engine plant.
2nd: City

27,000

43.5

0

3 Des
0 Prob.
6 Dam.

Sixteen A/C over primary target with 66% of bombs on target starting many fires & causing considerable damage to the east portion of the plant. Intense flak and 50 fighter attacks before, during & after bomb run. We had three serious casualties. No fighter escort.

1944
12-18

Nagoya Mitsubishi A/C plant.

29,700

37

1

0 Des.
3 Prob.
1 Dam.

Fourteen A/C over primary target. Bomb plot shows remarkable concentration of bursts in dead center of  target wrecking dozens of buildings & putting the plant out of operation. 22 fighter attacks & light flak encountered. No fighter escort.

12-22

Nagoya Mitsubishi A/C plant.

30,000

36.25

1

6 Des.
7 Prob.
10 Dam.

Fourteen A/C over primary target. Cloud cover forced radar bomb run on target with scope photos showing good radar run. 316 enemy fighter attacks & moderate flak resulted in eight of our A/C receiving battle damage & two combat casualties. No escort.

12-24

Iwo Jima

300
to
11,000

0

0

0

Navigational aid mission to 318th Fighter Group.

12-27

Tokyo Musashino A/C Plant

29,500

to

30,500

41.25

0

6 Des.
5 Prob.
5 Dam

Enemy air opposition heavy over the target with moderate flak. Nips launched 127 fighter attacks resulting in two wounded & two damaged aircraft for our side. We put 14 A/C over the primary target. Photos show light bomb damage in center of target but numerous fires burning in general target area. No fighter escort.

1945
1-3

Nagoya Industrial & urban area

29,000

53.5

2

9 Des.
6 Prob.
11 Dam.

Seventeen A/C over primary target. Observation & photos show excellent bombing results with heavy damage inflicted. Huge fires & large columns of smoke observed caused by our incendiary bombs. We suffered three wounded from 147 aggressive fighter attacks & flak. No fighter escort.

1-9

Tokyo Musashino A/C factory

30,000
to
33,500

24.25

3

12 Des.
1 Prob.
3 Dam.

Photos show two bomb strikes in target area with 18 hits nearby causing widespread damage in general target area/ 106 fighter attacks & flak damaged four of our A/C & wounded one man. We had 10 A/C over primary target.
Our first mission of 30, 14 hrs-15 mins

1-14

Nagoya Mitsubishi A/C plant

29,500

to

31,000

44.82

2

5 Des.

0 Prob.

12 Dam.

One-hundred-twenty-two fighter attacks ended disastrously for the enemy. We placed 17 A/C over primary target with unobserved results due to clouds. No fighter escort.

1-16 Nagoya - - - - 5 hrs Night Mission

1-19

Akashi Kawasaki A/C engine plant

26,400

40

0

0

Thirteen A/C over primary target. Strike photos show 50% of target in flames & smoke. Target (factory) covered an area of 8,000,000 square feet. No fighter attacks but one A/C damaged by flak. No fighter escort.

1-23

Nagoya (secondary target)

24,700
to
25,500

33

1

4 Des.
3 Prob.
13 Dam.

Eleven A/C over target. Radar bombing with visual correction. All bombs landed in target area with devastating results. One-hundred-twenty-eight enemy fighter attacks, wounding five crewmen & damaging three A/C. Flak damaged two others

1-27

Tokyo Nakajima Musashino A/C Plant.

Docks 2nd Tgt. Plus built-up area

25,000
to|
26,500

39

5

34 Des.
7 Prob.
12 Dam.

Thirteen A/C over secondary target after fighting their way through 554 enemy fighter attacks. Fifty bomb impacts observed east of the Imperial palace with two bombs scoring near misses on heavy AA battery. Three A/C shot down before reaching target. Eight A/C damaged by flak and fighters. Nine men were wounded, No fighter escort.
A very bad mission. Abort due to bomb doors.

1-30 Osaka - - - - 12 hrs - 35 mins Night

2-4

Kobe Port &

Built-up urban area.

26,000

27.66

0

0 Des.
1 Prob.
10 Dam.

Ten A/C over primary target which was completely covered with clouds. However, it was ascertained that bombs hit from 500 ft. to 1500 ft. from AP. Eighty-four fighter attacks were repulsed with seven A/C damaged by flak & fighters. No fighter escort.

2-10

Ota
Nakajima
A/C plant

27,000
to
28,300

25.50

0

4 Des.
2 Prob.
7 Dam.

Nine A/C over primary target. Damage assessment impossible due to cloud cover. Fifty-nine enemy fighter attacks wounded two men and damaged three A/C 15 hrs - 20 mins

2-15

Nagoya Mitsubishi A/C engine plant. L.R.Tgt.
any ind. city

27,500
to
34,000

51.25

0

1 Des.
4 Prob.
9 Dam.

Six A/C over primary target and eleven A/C in last resort target. Smoke from bomb impacts made damage assessment difficult. However, from the number of impacts in western half of target it is believed considerable damage was done to that portion of the target. LR results unobserved. Fifty fighter attacks damaged four of our A/C.

2-19

Tokyo Harbor facilities and urban area.

27,200
to
29,210

64.75

1

0 Des.
1 Prob.
0 Dam.

Twenty A/C over primary target dropping 75 bombs in populated area & 55 bombs in industrial area with excellent results. Heavy flak, damaging four A/C and 12 enemy fighter attacks. No escort
15 hrs .

2-25

Tokyo
urban area

26,300
to
29,300

43.66

2

0

Nineteen A/C over primary target with radar bombing. 10/10 cloud coverage prevented damage assessment. One A/C damaged by flak & two lost due to collision prior to assembly point. No enemy attacks 14 hrs - 40 mins

3-4

Tokyo
urban area

25,400
to
27,500

101.5

1

0

Thirty two A/C over target. Complete undercast prevented taking strike photos therefore damage assessment impossible. No fighter attacks. No escort.

Mar.
9-10

Tokyo
urban area
Incendiary mission

7,000
to
8,400

220.5

0

0

Thirty-four A/C over target on night mission. One-fourth of the city in flames destroying 15.8 square miles in urban area. Nine enemy A/C attacks wounded two men & flak damaged five A/C. No guns or ammunition carried. No fighter escort. Enemy employed automatic weapons and 125 searchlights. Abort, radar faulty

Mar.
11-12

Nagoya urban area. Incendiary mission.

5,900

to

8,000

220

0

0

Night mission with 34 A/C on target. Many fires started destroying 2.05 square miles of target area. Nineteen enemy fighter attacks damaging three A/C. Planes encountered automatic weapon fire & numerous searchlights. 16 hrs- 5 mins

Mar.
13-14

Osaka urban area

6,000
to
8,000

232.3

0

1 Des.

Night incendiary strike with 35 A/C over primary target destroying 8.1 square miles in target area. Four enemy fighter attacks damaging one of our A/C. No escort. 14 hrs - 30 mins

Mar.
16-17

Kobe
urban area

5,800
to
7,800

340.4

0

0

Thirty-eight A/C over primary target on night incendiary strike destroying 2.86 square miles of city  in target area. Enemy made eight passes. We had one casualty and two A/C battle damaged. No escorts 14 rs - 25 mins

Mar.
18-19

Nagoya
Urban area

5,000
to
7,300

307.36

0

0

Low altitude incendiary night attack on primary target. Thirty-eight A/C on target burning & destroying 2.95 square miles of Nagoya proper. Nineteen of the 24 enemy fighter attacks were directed against one B-29. We had two A/C battle damaged. No escort. 14 hrs-25 mins Landed at Iwo 2 engines failed, # 3 and #4

Mar.
24-25

Nagoya Mitsubishi A/C engine plant.

6,400
to
8,500

209.25

1

0

Twenty-seven A/C on night radar bomb mission. Some hits & many large & small fires observed around target area but smoke, clouds & searchlights prevented complete bomb damage assessment. One enemy fighter attack & five A/C damaged by flak. No escort.

3-27

Tachiarai (Kyushu) Army airfield

15,230
to
16,200

101

0

0

Eighty seven per cent of bombs in 29 A/C landed in target area destroying 50 enemy A/C on ground & wrecking seven huge hangers & numerous small shops. Photos show direct hits on hangers. No enemy fighter attacks with very little flak. No escort.14hrs- 50 mins

3-31

Tachiarai (Kyushu) Army airfield

15,500
to
17,050

116

0

0

Twenty nine A/C on target with all bombs hitting in target area. Many direct hits were observed. Smoke prevented further assessment. No enemy fighter attacks. Light flak. No escort.

Apr.
1-2

Tokyo Musashino A/C Plant 

5,830
to
7,530

231

1

1 Prob.

Night bomb attack with 25 A/C on target using delayed action fuses. No photos taken but Bombardiers believed they got hits & near-hits on target. Enemy used automatic weapons & S/L in addition to usual flak and six fighter attacks resulting in three of our A/C being damaged. No escort. 14 hrs - 20 mins

Apr.
3-4

Tachikawa
A/C plant.

5,800
to
6,950

117.75

0

0

Seventeen A/C on primary target plus seven A/C on city of Kawasaki with an additional 58 tons of bombs. No photos taken on this night mission but many large fires were observed in both target areas. One A/C damaged by flak and  two enemy fighter attacks. No escort. 14 hrs - 40 mins

4-7

Tokyo Musashino A/C Plant

11,500
to
12,650

145

0

37 Des.
14 Prob.
15 Dam.

Seventy-five percent of eastern half of target get destroyed by 29 A/C. Our first escort, P-51’s, helped to ward off 130 enemy fighter attacks yet we had 29 A/C damaged by flak & enemy air attacks. 16 hrs- 50 mins. Landed at Iwo

4-12

Tokyo Musashino A/C engine plant

11,850

to

14,000

114

0

2 Dam.

Ground haze prevented bomb damage assessment after 24 A/C, escorted by P-51’s, dropped their bombs. Flak damaged 10 A/C & enemy fighter made 21 passes. We had eight A/C damaged in battle.16 hrs - 15 mins

Apr.
13-14

Tokyo  Arsenal area

7,300

to

9,100

199.33

1

0

Night incendiary attack with 29 A/C over target. Extensive damage to North Tokyo with many fires visible for 150 to 200 miles. Five A/C damaged by flak & one casualty. Three enemy air attacks. No escort. 12 hrs-35 mins

Apr.
15-16

South
Tokyo

8,300
to
9,500

153.25

0

0

Large fires observed with smoke rising to 15,000 feet. Photos show two fires covering large areas right at AP. Two of the 23 A/C over the target were battle damaged. Two enemy air attacks. No escort.

4-17

Tachiari
Airfield
(Kyushu)

15,000
to
15,600

43.75

0

 1 Des.
6 Prob.
2 Dam.

Eleven A/C over target after evading 56 enemy fighter attacks. Approximately 300 frag bomb bursts spotted, half of which hit within boundaries of A/F. Three parked E/A destroyed. No escort. We had one casualty & three damaged A/C by enemy fighters.

4-18

Tachiari
Airfield
(Kyushu)

15,000
to
15,400

40

2

3 Des.
1 Prob.
3 Dam.

Daylight visual bomb mission with 10 A/C. Three-hundred-fifteen bombs (98% of bombs released) landed squarely on the target. We had 22 casualties & four A/C damaged in battle. One of the lost A/C ditched en route home. No escort.

4-21

USA Airfield
(Kyushu)

14,000
to
14,500

93.5

0

0

Twenty A/C on target dropping 184 bombs in cneter of target with 50% on either side of the MPI. Hits bunched in hangar area inflicting considerable damage. Four enemy A/C destroyed & two damaged on ground. No enemy air attacks. No escort. 14 hrs- 45 mins

4-22

Tomitaka
Airfield
(Kyushu)

17,500

34

0

0

Eight A/C on target. Eighty-two per cent of bombs released striking target within 1000 feet of MPI. Strike photos show heavy damage inflicted in the building area. Little opposition. No escort.

4-24

Hitachi
A/C plant,
Tachikawa.

10,000
to
11,000

52

0

3 Des.
2 Prob.
3 Dam.

Eleven A/C over target fighting off 51 enemy fighter attacks. We dropped 208 bombs within 1500 feet of AP. Photos show direct hits on many buildings. Fifty-four per cent of bombs dropped were direct hits. Nine A/C were damaged by flak & E/A. Two men were wounded. No escort.

4-26

USA
Airfield
(Kyushu)

15,000
to
26,500

76.5

0

2 Des.

Two Betty’s destroyed on ground by an alert LG in one of our A/C from 7000 ft. Eighteen A/C over target bombing by radar. Undercast on target prevented damage assessment & photos could not be taken. No fighters, no flak, no escort. 14 hrs - 30 mins

4-27

Miyazaki
Airfield
(Kyushu)

11,950
to
12,100

42.5

0

0

Ten A/C on target with all bombs landing in vital areas. Bombs hit AP & ‘walked’ across field leaving installations & runways inoperative. We had two A/C damaged by flak. No fighters, no escort.

4-29

Miyazaki
Airfield
(Kyushu)

15,000
to
15,500

109.25

0

1 Des.

Our Super Dumbo chases & destroys a Paul at 500 feet. Nineteen A/C dropped 217 bombs within 500 feet of center of target & 116 bombs within 1000 feet  radius of AP. No enemy attacks and no losses. Meager flak. 13 hrs-40 mins

4-30

Hamamatsu
urban area

18,600
to
19,000

51.75

0

1 Dam.

Nine A/C over target on radar bombing mission. Strike photos show numerous bomb hits just south of Marshalling Yards located in center of Hamamatsu. We repulsed two enemy air attacks & had one A/C damaged by flak. No escort.


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5-5

Hiro Naval
A/C plant

18,900
to
23,600

97

1

1 Des.
1 Dam.

All bombs of the 25 A/C over the target hit in target area with excellent results observed tho’ heavy smoke made complete damage assessment impossible. Eleven aggressive enemy fighter attacks plus flak damaged five of our A/C. No escort. 15 hrs - 30 mins. ALL our crews received the DFC or tis mission.

5-10

Tokuyama
Naval Fueling
Station.

20,400
to
21,080

124.5

0

0

Huge, dense, black clouds of smoke arising to 18,000 feet over the target was the result of 28 A/C hitting the bullseye. We had six A/C damaged by Flak. No escort.

5-11

Kawanishi
A/C plant

16,800
to
17,300

44.75

0

3 Des.
1 Prob.
1 Dam.

Cloud coverage, 10/10, forced our seven A/C to bomb target by radar with unobserved results. Twenty-eight enemy air attacks & Flak damaged five of our A/C resulting in two casualties. No escort. Abort

5-14

Nagoya

16,400
to
18,500

186.5

1

3 Des.
1 Dam.

Incendiary raid with 36 A/C on the target. Bombs plotted within a few hundred feet of AP. Tremendous fires and large volume of smoke observed in target area. Our A/C experienced 12 enemy air attacks & Flak damaged three of our planes. No escort. 15 hrs

5
16-17

South
Nagoya

9,240
to
18,200

319

0

0

Night incendiary strike with 35 A/C on the target bombing by radar. No strike photos available but many large fires were observed in vital target area. Approximately 92 searchlights were encountered in the vicinity of Nagoya. No escort. 13 hrs- 15 mins

5-19

Hamamatsu

13,970
to
24,900

126.5

0

0

Twenty-two A/C bombed target by radar. Results unobserved. Photos record only clouds. P-51 escort lasted for 10 minutes due to weather.

5
23-24

South Tokyo

11,300
to
11,900

276.4

0

0

No photos taken but crews on 35 A/C over target observed many large fires & heavy smoke in target area. Seven fighter attacks with six A/C battle damaged. Many S/L & automatic weapons fire encountered. No escort.12 hrs - 50 mins

5
25-26

Palace area
Tokyo

10,400
to
11,900

232.75

1

0

Night incendiary raid with 30 A/C on target. Bombs saturated target area. Glow from fires observed 230 miles from Tokyo. Strike photos show many large fires converging into one huge conflagration. Many S/L & automatic weapons. No fighter attacks. No escort. 12 hrs - 55 mins

5-29 Yokohama
Urban area

18,500
to
20,400

194.4

0

1 Dam. Strike photos show many fires and large volume of smoke. Damage assessment gives 6.9 square miles target destroyed. Twelve of the 34 A/C over the target received battle damage from flak and five fighter attacks. No escort. 14 hrs - 10 mins
6-1 Osaka urban area 19,300
to
19,800

192.65

2

1 Des.
2 Dam.

Thirty-two A/C on target destroying 3.43 square miles in vital area with smoke arising to 17,000 feet from dock area. Twenty-two fighter attacks & flak resulted in 16 casualties & one damaged A/C. No escort. 13 hrs - 40 mins

6-5

Kobe
urban area

14,500
to
16,500

199.4

0

7 Des.
5 Prob.
4 Dam.

Hundreds of fires started destroying 4.3 square miles of city. Thirty-one A/C over the target received 33 fighter attacks & heavy flak resulting in battle damage to 22 of our A/C. No escort. 13 hrs - 45 mins

6-7

Osaka urban area

20,400
to
21,980

154.35

0

0

P-51’s escorted 24 A/C over target on radar run. 10/10 cloud coverage but photos taken later show 3.4 square miles target area destroyed. No attacks. 14 hrs - 5 mins

? Kofu - - - - 13 hrs - 35 mins Night
6-10 Hitachi
Engineering
Works
19,600
to
20,100

203

0

0

All bombs hit in the target which was borne out by strike photos showing an unusually good bomb pattern. Over 50% destruction estimated. P-51’s escorted 29 A/C on this mission. Two half-hearted fighter attacks.

6-15 Osaka
Amagasaki
16,300
to
24,500

282.5

0

0

Unusually rough weather forced 36 A/C to bomb by radar through 10/10 cloud coverage, laying waste to 2.71 square miles in target area. No fighter attacks and very little flak. No escort. 14 hrs-35 mins. Pilot was Cole Morgan. Our last flight we were then rotated back to the States for 30 days leave and new jobs.

6
17-18

Hamamatsu

8,500
to
9,000

215.7

0

0

Smoke rose to 12,000 feet when 35 A/C destroyed 1.28 square miles in target area on radar run. No fighter attacks and nil flak. No escort.

6
19-20

Fukuoka

9,400
to
10,000

211.7

0

0

Night incendiary strike with late planes over the target reporting a general conflagration in the target area. Our 34 A/C bombing received considerable automatic weapons fire and dodged several dozen S/L in target area. We had one A/C damaged by flak. No escort.

6-22 Kure Naval
Arsenal
18,450
to
26,250

126.75

0

0

Strike photos show beautiful concentration of bombs on target destroying 70% of all installations. Sixteen of the 24 A/C over the target were damaged by flak. No escort.

6-26

Osaka Arsenal

17,400
to
29,060

161

0

0

Radar bomb run with 24 A/C over the target with many bombs hitting to left of MPI & ‘walking’ along that side of target. Large fires & explosions observed in S.W. portion of target. No fighter attacks but two A/C damaged by flak. No escort.

6
28-28

Sasebo

10,600
to
11,200

308.35

0

0

Large concentrated fires glowing through heavy undercast with smoke arising to 15,000 feet observed but complete damage assessment impossible. Two of the 41 A/C over the target were damaged by flak. No fighter attacks. No escort.

7
1-2

Kumamoto

10,650
to
11,450

246.8

1

0

Heavy undercast at the target but a large glow was observed. Last plane over target observed glow from lands end. Six explosions were observed in the target area. Thirty-eight A/C bombed the target. No opposition. No escort.

7
3-4

Kochi

10,830
to
11,350

239

1

0

A large fire burning in the city from dock area past MPI. Smoke up to 18,000 feet was more turbulent than any encountered since the first Tokyo mission. A general conflagration seemed to be consuming the entire city. Thirty A/C on the target. Nil opposition. Reason unknown for missing A/C. Five casualties due to air turbulence. No escort.

7
6-7

Akashi

7,580
to
7,900

239

0

0

Overcast (9/10) at target for our 30 A/C but strike photos show many large fires in target area. No fighter attacks. Meager flak. No escort.

7
9-10

Sakai

11,100
to
11,200

182.5

0

0

Photos show a general conflagration in center of city with strings of fires burning fiercely both North & South of center of city. Five of the 29 A/C over the target were damaged by flak. Four enemy fighters made passes. Effective searchlights. No escort.

7
12-13

Ichinomiya

10,300
to
11,000

206.3

0

0

Solid undercast prevented complete bomb damage assessment but the glow from many fires was observed by the crews of the 33 A/C over the target. No opposition. No escort.

7
16-17
Oita
Urban area
10,900
to
11,250

185.8

0

0

Well concentrated fires observed in center of built-up area & scattered fires on outskirts of city. Smoke to 10,000 feet with glow from fires observed 120 square miles from target on return trip. .55 square mile target area destroyed. 30 A/C on target. No opposition. No escort.

July
19-20

Hitachi urban area

12,920
to
13,490

212.58

1

0

Results were mostly unobserved. Some of the last crews over the target could see large fires through the undercast & a column of smoke built up to 8,000 feet. No opposition but we suffered seven casualties when one A/C ditched shortly after takeoff. We had 30 A/C on target. No escort.

July
23-24

Kuwana urban area

19,900
to
23,000

226

0

0

Complete undercast forced our 35 A/C to bomb by radar with unobserved results. We had three men wounded and 18 A/C damaged by flak. No escort.

July
26-27

Matsuyama

11,650
to
12,350

227

0

0

General conflagration centered in MPI & covering the entire city. Photos show 1.22 square miles city destroyed. Two fighter attacks damaging one A/C. We had 32 A/C on target. No escort.

July
28-29

Ichinomiya

14,900
to
15,400

183.8

0

0

Smoke to 15,000 feet. Seventy-five per cent, (.96 square miles), of built-up area destroyed. One of our 26 A/C on the target was damaged by flak. Two enemy fighters made passes. No escort.

Aug.
1-2

Toyama

12,900
to
13,200

389.3

0

0

Many fires photographed with bomb damage assessment set at 1.87 square mile (99.5%) built-up area destroyed. Forty-four A/C bombed this target. Only one enemy fighter attacks. Meager flak. No escort.

Aug.
5-6

Nishinomiya

15,370
to
15,410

261

0

0

Three good concentrations of fire at each of the three AP’s with smoke arising to 25,000 feet. Thirty-three A/C on the target with flak damaging one A/C. Two enemy fighters made passes. No escort.

8-8

Yawata urban area

22,900

to

23,800

183.25

0

1 Dam.

P-47’s escorted 30 A/C over target yet enemy fighters made six passes. Bomb damage assessment shows 21% (1.22 sq. mi.) of built-up area destroyed. Smoke rose to 25,000 feet. We had five damaged by phosphorus bombs and flak.

8-14

Osaka
Army
arsenal
16,000
to
24,500

154.5

0

0

Strike photos show bombs well concentrated in target area destroying greater portion of Arsenal installations. Thirty-four A/C on target with one damaged by flak. No escort.

Aug.
14-15

Isesaki urban area

15,800

48

0

0

Results unobserved due to 10/10 cloud cover but some crews report seeing large glow through cloud cover. No opposition. No escort.


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