Mission Number 215
22 June 1945
Kure Naval Arsenal
58th and 73rd Bombardment Wings
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
82.6% (162 primary
and 12 opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
AN-M65, 1000# G.P. 1/10 & 1/40 sec. delay nose and 1/40 sec.
delay tail: AN-M64, 500# GP,
1/40 sec. delay nose & tail: AN-M66, 2000# GP, 1/40 sec. delay nose
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
795.8 tons on primary and 65.5 tons on opportunity
Time Over Primary:
Altitude of Attack:
18,000 - 26,250 feet
Weather Over Target:
2/10 - 3/10
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Photo coverage from 3 of the 5 formations that bombed the
Target showed the SW area well hit.
57% of the bombs dropped hit the Target.
One hundred thirty-five A/C bombed visually and 27 by radar.
Twenty E/A sighted made no attacks.
Flak was heavy, intense, and accurate.
Considerable naval flak was experienced.
One of the B-29’s
lost was hit by flak and the other crashed at Kobler Field while
attempting to land with 2 engines out.
Ninety-six A/C were damaged by flak.
were non-effective. Ten A/C
landed at Iwo Jima.
Average Bomb Load:
10,460 lbs. Average Fuel Reserve: