Mission Number 285


  1. Date: 24 July 1945
  2. Target: Kawinishi A/C Plant, Takarazuka (90.25 - 2137) City of Kuwana, Primary Radar (90.20)
  3. Participating Unit: 58th BW
  4. Number A/C Airborne: 88
  5. % A/C Bombing Primary: 93.18% (77 Primary, 4 Primary Radar, and 3 Opportunity)
  6. Type of Bombs and Fuzes: AN-M65, 1,000# G.P. 1/100 sec. delay nose and non-delay tail. 
  7. Tons of Bombs Dropped: 474.5 tons on Primaries and 18 tons on Opportunity.
  8. Time Over Primary: 241133K - 241203K
  9. Altitude of Attack: 19,000 - 20,600
  10. Weather Over Target: 0/10 - 4/10
  11. Total A/C Lost: 0
  1. 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.  Fifty-one B-29s 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.  Forty B-29s landed at Iwo Jima.  Average bomb load: 12,688 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 614 gallons. 



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