Mission Number 309
1/2 August 1945
Mito Urban Area
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
95.80% (160 Primary and 1 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
M19, 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5,000 feet above Target
and M47, 100# incendiary and white phosphorus bombs with
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
1,144.8 tons on Primary and 7.3 tons on Opportunity.
Time Over Primary:
020142K - 020316K
Altitude of Attack:
12,000 - 15,200
Weather Over Target:
8/10 - 10/10
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Photo reconnaissance indicated 65% of the city's built-up area (1.7
sq. mi.) had been destroyed.
Six A/C were non-effective.
Fifty-three A/C visually sighted
Target and 107
bombed by radar. E/A
consisted of 20-25 A/C, making 1 attack.
Flak was heavy and light, meager to moderate and inaccurate.
Eleven A/C acted as Pathfinders.
One RCM A/C not included in total A/B. Six
B-29s landed at
Average bomb load: 15,071 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 724