Mission Number 277


  1. Date: 19/20 July 1945
  2. Target: Fukui Urban Area (90.13)
  3. Participating Unit: 58th BW
  4. Number A/C Airborne: 130
  5. % A/C Bombing Primary: 97.69% (127 Primary and 1 Opportunity)
  6. Type of Bombs and Fuzes: E46, 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5,000 feet above Target and AN- M47A2 100# incendiary bombs with instantaneous nose. 
  7. Tons of Bombs Dropped: 953.4 tons on Primary and 8 tons on Opportunity. 
  8. Time Over Primary: 200024K - 200145K
  9. Altitude of Attack: 12,400 - 14,000
  10. Weather Over Target: 0/10 - 3/10
  11. Total A/C Lost: 0
  1. Resume of Mission: Crews reported results as good to excellent.  Large fires were observed in the center of the Target with smoke to 15,000 feet.  Fires N and S of river in an area estimated 1 to 3 sq. miles.  Later reconnaissance revealed the city had been 84.8% destroyed (1.61 sq. mi.).  The Target was visible to 114 A/C.  Two A/C were non-effective.  Flak was heavy, medium and light, meager to inaccurate.  Extremely slight heavy and medium A/W reported.  Two S/L's seen.  Eight E/A sighted made no attacks.  Two Wind-Run A/C used in edition to main force.  Sixteen B-29s landed at Iwo Jima.  Average bomb load: 15, 829 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 752 gallons. 



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