The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 58. Himeji Urban Area (July 3)

This was a night incendiary mission involving 35 aircraft from the 6th Bomb Group:

On the night of 3 July, Sixth Superforts attacked the city of Himeji, on the northern shore of the Inland Sea. Of the city's 1.92 sq mi, 76 was totally destroyed by fire. Opposition was negligible with only small caliber ack ack fire and no fighter attacks. Results were superior. The secondary city raids, such as this one to Himeji, were becoming easy.

[Pirate's Log, p. 49]


20th AF Mission 249

One hundred six B-29's dispatched from the 313th BW attack the Himeji urban area destroying 1.2 square miles or 63.3% of the city.