Mission Number 293


  1. Date: 26/27 July 1945
  2. Target: Matsuyama Urban Area (90.29)
  3. Participating Unit: 73rd BW
  4. Number A/C Airborne: 129
  5. % A/C Bombing Primary: 98.45% (127 A/C)
  6. Type of Bombs and Fuzes: AN-M17A1, E46, E36, 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5,000 ft. above Target and M47A2 100# incendiary bombs with instantaneous nose.
  7. Tons of Bombs Dropped: 896 tons
  8. Time Over Primary: 270008K - 270218K
  9. Altitude of Attack: 11,000 - 12,350
  10. Weather Over Target: 0/10 - 2/10
  11. Total A/C Lost: 0 
  12. Resume of Mission: Strike photos show good to excellent results, with numerous fires in the Matsuyama built-up area.  Greatest concentration of fires visible around aiming point S and E of castle.  Fires indicated S and E sections of city sustained severe damage.  Reconnaissance showed 73% of the city has been damaged.  The Target was visible to only 24 A/C. Heavy, medium, meager and inaccurate flak was encountered.  Claims 1-0-0.  Two A/C were non-effective.  Twelve A/C were pathfinders.  One Wind-Run A/C not included in A/C A/B. Seven B-29s landed at Iwo Jima.  Average bomb load: 14,786 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 660 gallons. 

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