The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 17. Kure Harbor Area (Mar 30)

This was a night mining mission involving 23 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

The second mining mission was flown 30 March to the Inland Sea area south of the Kure Naval Base.  Results, as assessed by radarscope photographs, were excellent.  All ships returned safely.

[Pirate's Log, p. 35]


20th AF Mission 49

Date: 30 March 1945.
Code Name: Starvation #2
Target: Shiraonoaeki Straits
Participating Units: 313th Bombardment Wing
Number A/C Airborne: 94
% A/C Bombing Primary:  90% (85 primary, 2 Secondary and Last Resort)
Time Over Primary: L-310134K to 310245K / I-310124K to 310348K / J-310053K to 310141K / R-310203K to 310302K
Altitude of Attack: L-4,850 -5,150 / I-4,700 - 6,000 / J-7,800 - 8,200 / R-6,900 - 7,450
Weather Over Target:  0/10 -   8/10
Total A/C Lost:  1
Resume of Mission:  94 aircraft dispatched to minefields Love, Item, Jig and Roger.  39 aircraft Love: 11 aircraft Jig: 28 aircraft Item: 9 aircraft Roger.  Seven aircraft non-effective.  Results estimated as excellent.  Eastern entrance of Shimonoseki Straits closed for two weeks.  Traffic restricted to and from Kure and Hiro Shima for one week.  Passage of large vessels to Sasebo restricted for one week.  One aircraft crash landed on return to base.  Enemy air opposition none (1 attack), AA light and heavy, meager to   moderate, inaccurate to accurate.  Average mine load 12,094 lbs.  Average gas reserve 879 gallons.