Mission Number 314
5/6 August 1945
Nishinomiya - Mikage Urban Area ( 90.25 )
73rd BW and 314th BW
Number A/C Airborne:
% A/C Bombing Primary:
95.78% (250 Primary and 3 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
M19 and M17, 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5000 feet above
the Target, T4E4,
500# fragmentation clusters set to open 3000 feet below A/C, M47
100# incendiary bombs with instantaneous nose, M64, 500# G.P. bombs
with variable proximity noses and non-delay tail fuzings.
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
2003.9 tons on Primary and 23.8 tons on Opportunity.
Time Over Primary:
060125K - 060201K
Altitude of Attack:
12,600 - 16,000
Weather Over Target:
0/10 - 8/10
Total A/C Lost:
Resume of Mission:
Photo reconnaissance indicated 32% of the city has been destroyed.
Fifty-four A/C made visual sightings and 196 by radar.
Eight A/C were non-effective.
The A/C lost ditched after 2 engines went out.
Twelve on board were rescued.
Total A/C airborne does not include 4 RCM and 2 Wind-Run A/C.
Seventeen A/C of the 314th Wing acted as Pathfinders.
Flak was heavy, medium and light, meager to intense and
rockets and barrage balloons were observed.
S/L's were numerous and active.
Five bombers were damaged by AA.
Twenty-five to 30 E/A sighted made 8 attacks.
Twenty-four B-29s landed
at Iwo Jima.
Average bomb load: 73rd BW, 16,861 lbs. 314th BW, 16,565.
Average fuel reserve: 73rd BW - 635 gallons, 314th BW - 555