The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 23. Hodagaya Chemical Company (Apr 12)

This was a daylight precision mission involving 20 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

Three precision attacks with high explosive GP bombs were made in April.  One, on [1]2 April against the Hodagaya Chemical Company at Koriyama, 100 miles north of Tokyo, was the longest raid thus far for the Sixth.

[Pirate's Log, p. 38]


20th AF Mission 64

Date:  12 April 1945
Code Name:  Butterball #1
Target:  Hodagaya Chemical Company, Koriyama 90.9  - 2025
Participating Units:  313th Bombardment Wing
Number A/C Airborne:  82
% A/C Bombing Primary:  80% (66 primary and 9 Opportunity)
Time Over Primary:  121220K  - 121330K
Altitude of Attack:  7,000  - 15,000
Weather Over Target:  clear   12-15 mi.  Visibility
Total A/C Lost:  0
Resume of Mission:  Bombing results excellent  -458,000 square feet or 59% of original roof area destroyed or damaged.  Target 1658 Northeast Aluminum Plant  - north of and adjacent to Target 2025 has 130,000 square feet or 68% of total roof area destroyed or damaged.  Seven aircraft non-effective.  Enemy air opposition slight - 3 attacks no claims, AA, AW, meager, inaccurate.  Possible ground to air rockets.  Average bomb load 8,939 lbs.  Average gas reserve 948 gallons.