MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Number 217

      

  1. Date:  22 June 1945
     
  2. Target:  Kawanishi A/C Plant at Himeji  (90.27  -  2047)
     
  3. Participating Unit:  58th Bombardment Wing
     
  4. Number A/C Airborne:  58
     
  5. % A/C Bombing Primary:  88.4% 52 primary and 4 opportunity
     
  6. Type of Bombs and Fuzes:  AN-M64, 500# G.P., 1/100 sec. nose and non-delay tail.
     
  7. Tons of Bombs Dropped:  350.7 tons on primary and 25.5 tons on opportunity
     
  8. Time Over Primary:  1046K  - 1137K
     
  9. Altitude of Attack:  15,200  - 18,000 feet
     
  10. Weather Over Target:  0/10  - 5/10
     
  11. Total A/C Lost:   0
     
  12. Resume of Mission:  Photo reconnaissance showed buildings in S of plant destroyed or structurally damaged, with a majority of these buildings being completely destroyed.  Bomb patterns indicated probably destruction of buildings in the northern area of the Target.  The Target may be considered as being completely destroyed.  All bombing was visual.  Two A/C were non-effective.  Flak was meager, inaccurate at Target.  12 E/A sighted made 17 attacks.  Claims 0-0-2.  Average Bomb Load:  14,964 lbs.  Average Fuel Reserve:  734 gallons Eleven B-29’s landed at Iwo Jima.

 

 

 

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