The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 6. Moen Island Airfield, Truk  (Feb 18)

This was a daylight precision bombing mission involving 19 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

The next bombing mission was another attack on Truk - the airfield on Moen Island.  Nineteen aircraft with 500-lb general purpose bombs completed the mission, however results were poor, as disclosed by strike photographs.

[Pirate's Log, p. 29]


20th AF Mission 36

Date: 18 February 1945
Code Name: Panhandle #5
Target: Truk Airfields One and Two
Participating Units: 313th Bombardment Wing
Number A/C Airborne: 3 6
% A/C Bombing Primary: 100%
Time Over Primary: 181227K - 181340K
Altitude of Attack: 24,000 - 25,900
Weather Over Target: 1/10  - 4/10
Total A/C Lost: 0
Resume of Mission: Bombing results poor. Slight cratering of runways. AA and enemy air opposition nil. Average bomb load 9492 lbs. Average gas reserve 1335 gallons.