The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 26. Kanoya East Airfield, Kyushu (Apr 17)

This was a daylight tactical support mission involving 10 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

During April, eight such tactical missions were flown with an average attacking force of twelve B-29's.  Kanoya East Airfield was hit four times - on the 8, 17, 21 and 22 of April.

[Pirate's Log, p. 38]


20th AF Mission 73

Date:  17 April 1945
Code Name:  Famish  #2
Target:  Kanoya East A/F  - Target 90.38-2516
Participating Units:  313th Bombardment Wing
Number A/C Airborne:  21
% A/C Bombing Primary:  95% (20 primary and   1 Opportunity)
Time Over Primary:  171547K  - 171550K
Altitude of Attack:  16,000  - 17,300
Weather Over Target: Clear, light ground haze, air-ground visibility 10-12 miles
Total A/C Lost:  0
Resume of Mission:  Bombing results good  - see mission 77   for details.  1 A/C bombed Miyazaki.  Enemy air opposition nil.  AA heavy, meager and inaccurate.  Average bomb load 11,780 lbs.  Average gas reserve 949 gallons.