The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 56. Moji Urban Area (June 26)

This was a night incendiary mission involving 30 aircraft of the 6th Bomb Group:

Final mission in June for the Sixth was flown on the 28th. Late that afternoon thirty-two B-29s took off to bomb Moji on the southern shores of the Shimonoseki Straits. Planes on the night incendiary attack found a 10/10 undercast over Moji, which removed all enemy opposition and striking clusters aimed by radar, burned out .3 sq mi of the urban area.

[Pirate's Log, pp. 47-48]


20th AF Mission 236

Date: 28 June 1945
Target: Moji Urban Area
Participating Units: 313th BW
Number of A/C Airborne: 101
% A/C Bombing Primary: 91.09% (91 Primary and 3 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes: AN-M47A2, 100# incendiary bombs, instantaneous nose and non-delay tail, and E-46 500# incendiary clusters set to open 5,000 feet above target.
Tons of Bombs Dropped: 625.9 tons on Primary and 17.3 tons on Opportunity.
Time Over Primary: 0111K - 0243K
Altitude of Attack: 9,900 - 11,600
Weather Over Target: 10/10
Total A/C Lost: 0
Resume of Mission: Photo reconnaissance revealed damage to city totaled .32 sq. miles or 28.8% of built up urban area. Only 1 A/C bombed the Primary target visually. Seven E/A sighted made 1 attack. No claims. Heavy, medium and light flak, meager and generally inaccurate over the target. Seven A/C were non-effective. Two B-29s landed at Iwo Jima. Average bomb load: 14,302 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 747 gallons.