The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 38. Usa Airfield (May 10)

This was an daylight precision mission involving 22 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

Target for the next mission on 10 May was the airfield at Usa on northern Kyushu, (named for "Made in U.S.A.").  Missiles were 1000 nd 200 pound GP bombs with fusings ranging from instantaneous to thirty-six hour delay.  Bad weather caused difficulty in making assembly.  Only fifteen planes hit the primary target, but results were excellent as reported by visual observations.  Other planes bombed targets of opportunity.  Fighter opposition was aggressive as twelve to fifteen twin-engine fighters attacked the Sixth formations but only two planes were damaged.  Sixth gunners shot down three enemy planes.

[Pirate's Log, p. 43]


20th AF Mission 160

Date:  10 May 1945
Code Name:  Blowsy #4
Target:  Usa A/F (PV) 90.33-1307 Oita City  (PR)
Participating Units: 313th Bombardment Wing
Number A/C Airborne: 22
% A/C Bombing Primary: 67.5%  (15 primary and 5 opportunity)
Time Over Primary: 100839K  - 100906K
Altitude of Attack:  18,400 - 19,000
Weather Over Target: CAVU
Total A/C Lost: 0
Resume of Mission:  Crews reported bomb pattern good and well centered with heavy concentration in hangar area.  3 hits on hangars.  Two B-29's were non-effective.  No B-29's were damaged by A/A.  Twenty E/A were sighted and made 10 attacks.  One B-29 was damaged.  Claims: 3-0-2.  Eight A/C landed at Iwo Jima.  Average Bomb Load:  10,360 lbs. Average fuel reserve:  573 gallons.