The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 19. Nakajima Aircraft Engine Co (Apr 3)

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

Operations continued on the night of 3 April after a four-day rest with a precision attack on the Nakajima Aircraft engine works at Ota-Koizumi, northwest of Tokyo.  The target was obscured by an undercast and bombing was by radar.  Subsequent photo reconnaissance showed 10.5 per cent of the target's roof area damaged.

[Pirate's Log, p. 35]


20th AF Mission 56

Date:  3 April 1945
Code Name:  Furious #1
Target:  Nakajima A/C Factory in Koizumi 90.17  - 1545,  Secondary - Urban Tokyo
Participating Unit:  313th Bombardment Wing
Number A/C Airborne:  68
% A/C Bombing Primary:  71%   (48 primary and 18 Secondary)
Time Over Primary:  040214K  - 040341K
Altitude of Attack:  7200 - 7950
Weather Over Target:  10/10
Total A/C Lost:  0
Resume of Mission:  Bombing results  - 353,600 square feet or 9.5% of total roof area destroyed or damaged.  Total damage to date is 882,900 square feet or 23.8% of the total roof area.  Twelve aircraft were non-effective.  Enemy opposition weak - 3 attacks.  Enemy aircraft destroyed, one and none probably destroyed or damaged.  A/A heavy, meager to intense, inaccurate to accurate.  Average bomb load 14,829 lbs.  Average fuel reserve 947 gallons.  One B-29 received minor damage by E/A. Three B-29's received minor damage by A/A.