Mission Number 277
19/20 July 1945
Fukui Urban Area (90.13)
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
97.69% (127 Primary and 1 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
E46, 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5,000 feet above
Target and AN-
M47A2 100# incendiary bombs with instantaneous nose.
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
953.4 tons on Primary and 8 tons on Opportunity.
Time Over Primary:
200024K - 200145K
Altitude of Attack:
12,400 - 14,000
Weather Over Target:
0/10 - 3/10
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Crews reported results as good to excellent.
Large fires were observed in the center of the
Target with smoke to 15,000
feet. Fires N and S of river
in an area estimated 1 to 3 sq. miles.
Later reconnaissance revealed the city had been 84.8%
destroyed (1.61 sq. mi.).
The Target was visible to 114 A/C.
Two A/C were non-effective.
Flak was heavy, medium and light, meager to inaccurate.
Extremely slight heavy and medium A/W reported.
Two S/L's seen. Eight
E/A sighted made no attacks.
Two Wind-Run A/C used in edition to main force.
landed at Iwo Jima.
Average bomb load: 15, 829 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 752