The 6th Bomb Group

Mission 64. Japan Sea (July 15)

This was a night mining mission involving 27 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 269

Date: 15/16 July 1945
Target: Rashin, Fusan, Gezan-Konan, Naoetsu and Niigata
Participating Units: 313th BW
Number A/C Airborne: 28
% A/C Bombing Primary: 92.85% (26 Primary and 1 Alternate)
Type of Mines Dropped: MK26-36, 1000# and MK25, 2000# mines with various settings.
Tons of Mines Dropped: 172 tons on Primary and 6 tons on alternate.
Time Over Primary: 152308K - 160325K
Altitude of Attack: 6,900 - 8,400
Weather Over Target: 8/10 - 10/10
Total A/C Lost: 0
Resume of Mission: It was estimated that of the 244 mines laid, 241 were effective. All mines were laid by radar. One A/C non- effective. Sixteen E/A sighted, but made no attacks. Heavy, meager, and inaccurate flak encountered at Niigata and Fusan. Seven- teen A/C landed at Iwo Jima and 1 at Okinawa. Average mine load: 13,068 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 486 gallons.