Mission Number 281
19/20 July 1945
Nippon Oil. Co. at Amagasaki
(90.25 - 1203)
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
98.79% (83 A/C)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
AN-M64, 500# G.P. fuzed 1/10 sec. delay nose and 1/40 sec. delay
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
701.8 tons on Primary and 4.5 tons on Opportunity.
Time Over Primary:
200020K - 201000K
Altitude of Attack:
15,410 - 16,900
Weather Over Target:
8/10 - 10 /10
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Scope photos indicated excellent results.
In spite of the fact that 7 A/C did not identify the proper
Target, the remainder
created a comparative solid bomb pattern.
Twelve of 14 buildings of the synthetic oil plant damaged and
only 3 small tanks left undamaged.
Only 2 of 10 large tanks on the tank farm remained undamaged.
Flak was heavy, meager and inaccurate.
Fifteen E/A sighted did not attack.
Intense S/L activity in the Target area.
One A/C was non-effective.
All bombing was by radar.
Two Wind-Run A/C preceded main force.
One B-29 landed
at Iwo Jima.
Average bomb load: 17,832 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 999