The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 63. Inland Sea Harbors (July 13)

This was a night mining mission involving 31 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

Other missions flown in this period were * * * to the Jap ports of Fushiki, Nanao and Niigata.  * * *

[Pirate's Log, p. 49]


20th AF Mission 268

Date: 13/14 July 1945
Target: Shimonoseki Straits, Seishin, Masan, Reisui and Fukuoka.
Participating Units: 313th BW
Number of A/C Airborne: 31
% A/C Bombing Primary: 96.77% (30 Primary and 1 Alternate)
Type of Mines and Settings: MK 26-36 1000# and MK 25 2000# mines with various settings.
Tons of Mines Dropped: 199 tons on Primary and 1 ton Alternate
Time Over Primary: 140012K - 140327K
Altitude of Attack: 6,900 - 8,600
Weather Over Target: 0/10 - 10/10
Total A/C Lost: 0
Resume of Mission: It was estimated that of the 254 mines dropped, 249 were effective. Flak was meager, moderate, and inaccurate. Mine laying was by radar. Nine E/A sighted made 1 attack. One RCM A/C was also airborne. Eighteen A/C landed at Iwo Jima. Average bomb load: 13,211 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 561 gallons.