Mission Number 285
24 July 1945
Kawinishi A/C Plant, Takarazuka (90.25 - 2137) City of Kuwana,
Primary Radar (90.20)
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
93.18% (77 Primary, 4 Primary Radar, and 3 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
AN-M65, 1,000# G.P. 1/100 sec. delay nose and non-delay tail.
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
474.5 tons on Primaries and 18 tons on Opportunity.
Time Over Primary:
241133K - 241203K
Altitude of Attack:
19,000 - 20,600
Weather Over Target:
0/10 - 4/10
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Early strike photos indicated the
Target was virtually
destroyed. Workers quarters
N and S of Target were severely damaged.
Photo reconnaissance revealed 77% of the Target had been
damaged. The Target was not
visible to 1 A/C. Of the 949
bombs released on the Target, 418 hit with- in 1,000 feet of MPI.
Four A/C were non-effective.
Sixteen E/A were airborne in the vicinity of the Target,
but made no attacks. Flak
was heavy, meager to moderate and generally accurate.
damaged by AA fire. Three
free balloons with dangling tails were observed in assembly plant
vicinity. A possible smoke
cover was observed to the west of the Primary tar- get.
landed at Iwo Jima.
Average bomb load: 12,688 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 614