Mission Number 203


  1. Date:  15 June 1945
  2. Target:  Osaka-Amagasaki Urban Area
  3. Participating Units:  58th, 73rd, 313th and 314th Bombardment Wings
  4. Number A/C Airborne:  511
  5. % A/C Bombing Primary:  84.36%  (444 primary and 25 opportunity)
  6. Type of Bombs and Fuzes:  AN-M17 A1 and E46, 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5000’ above Target, and AN-M47A2 100# incendiary bombs with instantaneous nose.
  7. Tons of Bombs Dropped:  3157.3 on primary, and 176.1 on opportunity.
  8. Time Over Primary:  0944K  - 1155K
  9. Altitude of Attack:  16,300  - 26,900 feet
  10. Weather Over Target:  10/10
  11. Total A/C Lost:  2
  12. Resume of Mission:  Cloud coverage has prevented photo reconnaissance pictures from being taken of the Target.  Flak was heavy, meager, and generally inaccurate.  One hundred P-51’s were airborne as escort, but turned-back because of poor weather conditions.  One B-29 crashed off runway, and 1 crashed into the sea 4 miles north of Guam.  Thirty-two B-29s were non-effective.  Forty-three B-29’s landed at Iwo Jima.  Average Bomb Load:  13,577 lb.  Average Fuel Reserve:  708 gallons.





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