Mission Number 197


  1. Date:  10 June 1945
  2. Target:  Nakajima Aircraft Co. at Musashino  (PV)  (90.17-357)
  3. Participating Unit: 73rd Bombardment Wing
  4. Number A/C Airborne:  124
  5. % A/C Bombing Primary:  (PR) 95.11%  (118 radar and 2 opportunity)
  6. Type of Bombs and Fuzes:  AN-M66, 2000#, general purpose, and variable delay 1/40 sec. delay tail
  7. Tons of Bombs Dropped:  807 tons on primary radar and 14 on opportunity
  8. Time Over Primary:  (PR) 0957K  - 1038K
  9. Altitude of Attack:  19,600  - 21,200 feet
  10. Weather Over Target:  2/10  - 3/10
  11. Total A/C Lost:  0
  12. Resume of Mission:  Strike report photographs indicated excellent bombing results, with approximately 85 per cent of Target destroyed.  Reinforced concrete buildings at center of eastern edge of Target sustained at least 10 direct hits.  Internal damage impossible to assess, but it is believed to be severe.  All other buildings gutted or destroyed.  Flak (at radar) was heavy, meager to moderate, and occasionally accurate.  Flak damaged 19 B-29’s.  Approximately 50 P-51’s met the first B-29 groups over Aoga Shima and escorted them to Target area.  Forty-five E/A sighted made 41 attacks.  Claims not available.  Eighteen B-29’s landed at Iwo Jima.  Average Bomb Load:  14,352 lbs.  Average Fuel Reserve:  631 gallons.



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