Mission Number 286
24 July 1945
Osaka Arsenal (90.25 - 382) (Primary Visual) City of Kuwana (90.20)
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
90% (35 Primary visual, 119 Primary radar, and 9 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
AN-M66, 2,000# G.P. with 1/40 sec. delay nose and tail.
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
216 tons on Primary visual, 794 tons on Primary radar and 59 tons on
Time Over Primary:
241144K - 241227K
Altitude of Attack:
19,900 - 23,000
Weather Over Target:
Nearly solid undercast.
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Strike photos showed several hits in the
Target area and immediately
S and W of the Target.
Several additional bursts damaged Osaka Castle.
Reconnaissance later revealed that 8.4% of the Target was
damaged, raising the total destroyed to 18.1%.
Eight A/C were non-effective.
Target was visible only to 35 A/C.
No E/A sighted. First
flak at IP was scattered, meager, heavy and inaccurate and
continuously pointed. Over
Osaka it was moderate, accurate and continuously pointed.
From Osaka to Biwa Ko it was heavy, moderate, accurate,
barrage and continuously pointed.
Flak came from Fukido, Yawata, Fushimi, Ogura A/F and Kyato.
It was particularly accurate in the vicinity of Kyato.
Forty-six A/C were damaged by AA fire.
Total A/B does not include 1 Wind-Run A/C. Thirty-nine
B-29s landed at
Average bomb load: 14,301 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 611
gallons. Of the 216 bombs
dropped on Osaka Arsenal, 28 hit within 1,000 feet of the MPI.
The A/C bombing the Primary Radar included the Wind-Run A/C.