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21st Bomber Command Tactical Mission Report 60, 61

21st Bomber Command Tactical Mission Report 60, 61

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MissionsNo.60
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1945
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PartIII-DamageAssessment
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AnnexE-ConsolidatedStatisticalSUI1Im'lry"29
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1.
Identificmtion
of
Missions:a.FieldOrderNo.
54.
Headquarters
XXIBanberCCIIIIIImd,
dated
7
April1945.directedthe
73rd
aId
31J1;h
Banbardment
lfiDgs
toparticipatei.nanattackagainsttargets
on
I"1wshu.
b.
TargetsSpecified:
(1)
Primary
Visual:
(a)7.3rdWing,MissionNo.
60.
D.noyaAirfielcl.(b)
31_3th
Wing,MissionNo.
61:
D.nO)'ll.EastAirfield.(2)SecondaryVisual:(a)73rdWing.MissionNo.60:IzumiAirfield.
(li)
31.3thWing,MissionNo.61:K"okubuAirfield.(3)
Primary
Radar.Missions60and61:Center
of
City
of
IOlgoshima.
2.
Strategy
am
Plan,ofOperations:
a.
(1)
A.requestbythe
U.s.
NavyfOX'attacksagainst.JapaneseAirfields
in
supportoftheOkinal1aoperationsVIastheprimaryreason
far
thesee.~tacks..'(2)These2airfields
Vi"~e
selected
far
attaoksincetheywerethemostimportantofthe~hu
basesfrom
whichthe.Japanesewerestaginsaircraft
far
a:ttacksdirected,againet
units
engaged
i~
the
QlQ.nawacampaign.
b.Det'ailsofPlannipg-Operat12nal:
(1)
BombingPlans:(a)Determination
of
BombLela'!:
1.~:
The500-poundgeneral-purposebomD
'ffiS
cOD.sideredthemosteffectivehigh-explosive'11eapon,inasmuchas
the
prineipalbu
i
ldi.ngsinthetargetareofsimpletrussstrue..tureswithlongconiinuousspan.Themostdestructiveeffect
of
thesebombsonthistypeinstallationisoneofblastandfragmen~tation.Thepresenceofsmallerbuildingsandparkedaircraft
in
thetargetareawerealsoconsidered.Thismissionwascanmittedtoanattackonthetargetlluildingarea.Theassumedlargenumber
of
hits'obtainable
by
use
of
the500-poundbcmb
1T0uld
assurea

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