Mission Number 24
- Date: 27 January
- Code Name: Enkindle
- Target: Tokyo (357)
- Nakajima A/C Plant, Musashino
- Participating Unit:
- Number A/C Airborne:
- % A/C Bombing Primary:
0 (0 Primary, 56 Secondary, 6 Last Resort and Opportunity)
- Time Over Primary:
271504K - 271558K
- Altitude of Attack:
24,500 - 29,600
- Weather Over Target:
- Total A/C Lost: 9
- Resume of Mission:
Mission planned for either Musashino (357) or Mitsubishi engine
Factory (193) at Nagoya or if weather was bad, urban areas of Tokyo
or Nagoya were to be bombed by radar. Two aircraft were dispatched
early as weather reconnaissance and reported that 357 would be
Target. Complete under-cast necessitated radar run on urban Tokyo.
Bombing results unobserved. Twelve early returns. Five aircraft
lost to enemy action, two aircraft ditched on return, one aircraft
crash-landed on return to base and one aircraft lost to survey.
Enemy fighter opposition of unparalleled intensity - 984 attacks.
Enemy aircraft destroyed sixty, probably destroyed seventeen and
thirty-nine damaged. Many ramming attempts. AA heavy, moderate to
intense, inaccurate to accurate. Average bomb load: 6,000 lbs.
Average gas reserve: 1,059 gallons.