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Field Order No. 30
HEADQUARTERS
XXI BOMBER XOMMAND
APO 234
TACTICAL MISSION REPORT
lUsllion No. 3'7
Target I
Musashino Plant of tho N k 1
a aj rna Aircraft Engine Works
TOKYO, JAPAN
19 February 1945
Table of Contents
Tactical Narrative Report
Exhibit: Photo _ Target Area
Exhibit I Tar get Chart
Annex A Operations
Part I - Navigation
Part II - Bombing
Part III - Flight Engineering
Part IV - Radar
Part V - Gunnery
Part VI _ Air-5ea Rescue
Annex B _ Ifeather
Annex C _ Communications
Part I _ Radar OOWlter .... 111' ••
Part II _ Co .. unloatloaa (RadJo)
Port I _ ....,. Atr an-Ill'll
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General , Twentieth
Ai r Force, .'ashing;ton 25 , D.C,
Identification of 1\18e100:
a. Field Order Numb He
dated 12 February 19 '5 d e r , adquarters XXI Bomber
to pact"'pate 'n a ;; tho 73,d and »3th Boob.,..",nt -in, :
or nated attack aga1nst a target on Honshu.
b. Targets Spec 1fi '!d :
Ai""ft E. , (1 ) h1ma" !",at, •• , .. h1no Plant 0' "" "">..l""
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nglne ', orks, in the northwest suburbs or Tokyo: Obj'!ctive
o der 90.17, Target NUI:lber 357.
(2) Secondary Target: Tokyo, Port Ur':la,:'t ;.ree.
Last Resort Target: Any industrial
2. Stntegy and Plan of OoeratiODS:
a . Reasons ror Selection of Target :
(1) The '/feather forecast presented ,.&5 1/1
0
to 2/10
cloud coverage in the target ar e a.
(2) An attack was planned to coord1nate a KaTal
Task Force attacking 1 .... 0 Jima. The a ttack asainst the rusasbino Plant
in Tokyo would ;;erve 0. tworold purpose : first, i t would create a
diTersi
on
that would tend to hold the Jap fighters at their b ... • in
Japan' and •• ,ond, it wo.1d .1v. tho Bo, b .. c_and .ooth" ""po, .. o'"
to a<.t&ok .. high priority target.
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11. The ir better s towage ch'l.racteristics
for 8- 29 aircraft.
:2. The fact that although the SOO-pound
general - purpose bomb may be l ess effective than lnrgar site bombs
against the multi - story r e inforced concret e units of the Taco. plant
(comprising one_thi r d of the tar ge t) the assumed larger number of hits
from the SOO_pound site pr edict ed 0. better chance of inter ruption of
oper ations of this factory. The mission was commi t t ed to an att'l.ck
on the targe t as 0. whole and the SOC- pound bomb considered
effective as the larger sit es against the complex (compris -
ing the other two _thirds of the t ar get Il r ea l.
crp.1't could not be
£ . The fact tha.t tonnage per air -
Carri ed with bombs smaller than the SaO-pound site.
J.N_M1 7;'1 SaO-pound incendio.ry clusters
were
s elected 0.5 the most
eff ective incendi ary bomb beCause of:
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tents. WaS estirn:l.ted to be 30
The Targ&t . i ncluding buildings
percent
and eon-
:2. The numbor of ex -ected hits ",ould much
higher than with other bombs 1U3 to the 110 in
cluster and the fact that the target Wae only 40 percent roof cOllvered.
£. Incrcased cho. nce of widely dis -
persed infla.mmable ",c,terinl .
s. The bombs contc.ined delay- explosi7B hesdl
that delay fira fighting. the r eby increasing the for srrend-
ing fire 'l.fter bombing ho.s coased.
NOTE : Due to relntively large fire divi -
sions , .i.N_!'.ni,2 bombs may have been dasi r nbl lil . but they..ere ne t r aCe.-
mended l1.t this time, pending final app r oval of multiple suspenai-n. due
to of suittl.ble stow'lge charncter istics.
l . FusinU!l8 indicated WIn selected 'bee.y .....
a. High_exPl osive bombs armed with T.il
to by inertia nr 6 bel ievsd to be pasling througb l i !bt-weigbt
factory roofs without being initiated. This anulel bombs ao to
detonate below the floor level . r e sulting In f.ilure to obtain
full blast effect on build i ngs and contents.
ll.. 'I'M M.e ru •• -..1 ............
nat ion of the bomb 1n tbe enDt tbat the ta11 ta .. rd.1" -- ,...u..
Only fus_s with de l ay setting of 1/10 seo0a4 .-re ... 11 .....
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100% high Explosive
app roximately 19%
100% incendiaries
tlpproximote ly 25%
25 _75% ( optimwn) ratio Ilpprod./Dately 30%
(b) Bombing Planning:
.1. Since b01l\Ding ::lour ncy increll.ses rapid-
ly '.'11th Il. decrease in a ltitude , it Vias hoped tho.t the pll11lned altitude
of 25, 000 f eet would produce excellent r esults . An axis of attllck of
65 degrees '.'IllS believed to be sntisfactory since only 1 1/2 dsgree
drift '.0"'(16 expected.
beCause 1 t is
uOoll y ns well
known
nS on
.b Kofu WilS selected as the 1oititt1 point
by th'" o,;rews on this o.ppro9.ch and at:.nda O:.lt vis -
tha To.dnr soope.
1. If radar had to be ths axIl
of attack '.'In s de signed so tho.t only a small turn would be neCE>SSD.r y.
Thus , the Tlld o.r operntor would nmp l e t ime "or his otl sr o.t.ion since
the r .::.d;:t r target (the secondary) 'NilS located but one Ilnd- II. hal! minute.
the visual (primer y) t a r get .
(2) Nsvigation PlQDning:
Route
Base to
l7/00N
145/15E
to
as/OON
.. 143/00E
to
27/l5N
.. 140/53£
to
29/00N ... 137/ 37E
to
34/47N
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to
35/ 'OR .. 138/34£
to
Reasons for Che i c e
This point would util i ! e the Hor thern
as ). rEl.d!l.r and visual check point.
lwo Jima oper:l.tions wer e to be by 7S
miles.
Nishino-Shimo. -.s to be used u ,,1n& .. _.bl,
point a.nd p-om,ber Ce .. und depo.rture pola
t

Climb Point :.. due north bu.dlq1lQQl4 &'1'01.
excesslv3 .. d ... lnds caused by
LAndfall .. t a..lLfta Lake .. j, ... nIU' ...
v1auo.1 check polat. Iu .....-- - ......
would cau.e ...,. OODfu,at- OJ" ,.
cbjeotl.e.
(3) FliG-ht Engineering Plqnning.;.
fuel economy llnd
(0.) The flight ph.n subt:litted provided for maximum
a ircraft pe rformance .
(b) In order to utilite the variRt10ns in effecien-
oy of individual aircraft llnd cr ews , bomb loud WLS specified maxi-
mum load consistent with saftey. abili ty of the individual crew, e; M
known cha r acter istics of the individual aircraft,
(c) A minimum lood of 6, 000 pounds waS specified
for both '.lings. with authority to l e ssen this by 1000 pounds for nf>'fI'
crews !n::-.king their first mnjor_strike r.lission ,
(4) Rndar Planning :
(0.) The plnnned l:mdf!lll (34/47li - 137/37£ ) was
considered as excellent for a ro.dnr wind run, The primc.ry tnrget.
difficult to identify by r adar. was tc.rget only.
The urbc.n o.r60. of Tokyo was designated ,.s the s e condary tirget . and
was to be attacked by rndo.r release methods only if visu'll bombing of
the primo.ry were not possible,
(5) R!:.dar Counter Neasures :
(0.) Five R,C.!:. Observers we r e to th6 us -
uni seo.reh for enemy Seo.rch was to be conc4lntro.U!d on
locating ro.Oo.r signals with high P.R,F. und short pulse l e ngth
t e ristics in the frequency bo.nds of 28 _3000 mcs, Search for coromunl -
cations in frequency range of 4-5 kes, was also to b e perforced.
(6) Air - Sea Rescue Planning,,;,
The was furnish d with the of the
mission and to furnish available facilities for air - sen r escue
purposes, The following facilities wer e made available:
.1, Five submarines W\'Ire directed to bs on
stations during the mission and until released by Supdr _Dumb08.
Sto.tions were to be I
35/07N 140/S.2S
34/2BN 139/46E
- 138/S1
E
34/14:1 _ l37/48E
33/02N - aO/OO'E:
J. One au.rf.oe
iug on the following •• oha4ul.'
l82300Z to 190200Z and zO/OOlf - 14,5/001 t,.
• 2. This com:nand tlssl gned 2 Sup6r" - L\unbo dr--
planes (B _29 s) to orbit sub:nnrine position 33/02N - 140/26; trOIt
190430Z till e nd of mission in order to o.nlst in ""otting 1 1
1
-r ' rece v nf·
distress signals . drop emergency equ prnent, nnd direct the subonrlnes
in event air sea r escue fo.cilitl es wer e r equ ir ed,
d . Detnils of PIQnning - Intoilice nce :
(1) Enemy J..1r OpPQS 1t10n: Al though the In.panese .Ur
hnd a capability of opposing this mission a force of
400 fighters, it waS estirno.te d thnt tho mo.xirnum opposition would '00
o.pproxir.lntaly 200. This ostimate Vine bo.s ed on :1. study o!' pest OpOTo. -
tions and an tlssurnod op&ro.tionnl strength of 70 per cent of o.val1c.ble
o. lrcr:ll't. If adverse weo.ther conditions WGre to exist o.t t::.rget t1n:e,
the ground and icing conditions be low rormQtion Qltitude would probably
reduce nir opposition to minor
(2) Anti _Aircrnft Opposition:
(Q) Plnnning ror tho of of this
tIl.rgat from the Flak st::mdpoint woos confined, due to muimwr.
drift limits , to slight from the upwind nnd downwind
winds c.t 25,000 feet Vlere to b6 260 to 280 degrees
at 105 plus knots.
(b) On the up\1ind run, th3 8 - 29' s would be within
r a nge or C'..!? p r oxi.cately 210 he(1.vy nnt1::J.ircraft guns, on tho; downwind
epproximutely 70. This offset of defenses to the cacbined with
the decre;l,sed 'groWld plnced the esti::lo.te of ch':'..nca or dll:::lge on
NO upwind run npproximntely 6. 5 to 8 times of do.n
wind run. Therefor e , ror mbimwn d::tr:lnge frOl:l f lc.k. Il. for
an nxis of o.:tack generally frOll! the "lI6st on ::l. courS3 of 60 to 120
degrees t r ue o.nd, on withdr C',wl , c. tur n northcnst to :l.Toid the TolcyO
concentration was submitted.
3. Execution:
0. . Take off; The f ira t gr oup of the 73r d 'lift! 1fa8
to tc.ke or f nt 182040Z nod t hnt of the 313th 'fing at 1821351.
to.k6 orf was accomplished o.s foll ows I
73rd
313th
TotAL
Alr c r o1' t
A1rborM
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c. Ovor Tnrget'
necessitated
(1) Primary Cloud
rndar bomb ing of the secondary
covero.ge at the taq;et
targ6t .
( 2)
bombed the s econdury
Secondary Target : One hundred nineteen o.lrcro.f't
to.rget , dropping app r oximately 457.7 tons of bombs.
(3) Last Resort Tr agets:
on Toyoha. shi and Kawo.saki .
Seven aircraft dropped bombs
(4) T;1. rgGts of Oppor tunity: Five c.i rcro.f't dropped
bombs on the folloY/ing t argets : Shituoka ; lHshl0 .rell ; l!c.isllka ; and
Ar o.i . The total weight of bombs dropped on Lnst Resort and Opportunity
Tc.rgets was 33.2 tons.
d. Rout e Bg.ck: Navigat ion to the base was 'llithout inci -
dent . Naviga tors r eported maximum r anges of Lor an up to 1400 miles
and obtai ned aver age r e adings up to 850 miles.
e. Lnndings:
(1) Aircro.ft landed at home bases as foll ows :
Number of 1./9
;'irst Landing
[ gst Ls.ndtru;
73rd
95'
1911 062
1914262
19l U7Z
19134,3Z
313th
TOT.kL
146
1911062
19140262
(z) Four o.i rcnf t f a il ed to r eturn to base 0.5 follCIIIlI1
(a) One ditched llS 0. result of exhaustsd tile}
suppl y.
(b ) One was lost over thO to.rget to eDOllY tlp'"
tars either by ranming or o.n accide ntal col lision. Its rigbt wins
collap sed and its fus elage broke ap nrt whe n the a ircroft atteapte4
to turn back into format i on.
( 0) One , ro.mme4 or hit aocide llWly 'bf aa ....,.
fighte r, broke o.pnrt just back of tblll wings with ita trOilt .. otloa.

(4) One frail .. bUb nO .ora
believed to have been shot 4awn o.er tar.-
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pp'
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decide :).t the initin1 point the type bombing r un thtLt ",111 be used.
(3 ) Flight Enr; ln6&riMl ( See Annex A, Part III,
for detniI S.) The 313th r&turn&d to bn8e n let
down pr ocedure from the This r esulted in a snTing of an aver -
age of npproximlltely 150 gill IOns of fuel aircraft .
(4) ( See AnMx A, Po.rt IV, for dettL11s )
AN/APQ- 13 equipme nt was used for target arell wind deter -
rni n:ttion, nnd o.pp ronch for visunl nnd r lldnr bombing. Employrn.e It of
SCR- 7IB radio nlt imeter and SCR-695 IFF equipmont WnG norm:). l.
(5) Gunnery: (Seo Annex A, Po. rt V, for dot:).11s.)
Newly firing t eChniques deve loped to meet nose attocks were
successfully used on this miss ion . Enemy aircr aft were not aggr essive
ng::l.inst tigpt format ions .
tail s. )
151.:-..nd.
(6) Air - Sen Rescue: ( See Annex ;., Part VI, for de-
One 5 _29 ditched app roximlltely 9 1/2 mihs north of ;.gr1h::.n
Five cr ew members Vlore picked up by (l ir SOtl. r escue fo.cil1ties.
g. Yieo.ther: (See AMe" B, POort I , fOr det::.lls . ) 07£lr
the t :l.r get. plnnes enCounterOda hate cirY-us deck which r educed" shnt
visibility ForeC;lst for winds woos exc elle nt but pOlli -
tions ef f ronts we re poorly forecast •
( 1) Radqr Counter J.:er;. sur es : (See .;nnex C, Po.rt I,
for det;:.i1s . ) Three sc:-. rch a ircrcU't, each with one ;Q.j observer,
completed this mission . SeOorCh was mado for en!;I:lY e, l:, w;l rning rwhr
equipme nt until the w;:.s r enchod. where senrch ror
ocr nnd GL r;:.dnr nnd enemy fighte r communications chnnnels.
of 28 enemy rc.dc.r signOols wo.s intGrcepted.
( 2) cgnmunicQtion. ( RQdio) = See r.nnex C, Po.rt II ,
for dGtni l s . ) Sl ight i nterfer ence was r eceived on 0. 11 strike
cias on this mi ssi on. The percento.ga breakdown of t r affio per fre -
quency foll oWS : 31 percent on 3 megacycle frequencies; 22 percent on
6 megacycl e frequenoies ; Oond 41 percent on 11 frequencie ••
i . I ntel l igence SummGr y :
(1 ) Enemy Ai r OppositiOAl ( See AnD" D" 1.
for detOoil s . ) Enemy nir opposition WQA .trons. 195 circrAft a&kiftS
510 Ninteen 8-29' . of effort were
3 B_29's ( 2. 3S) of t he effort wer e 4 •• t r of!4 by • •
Gunners ' cl o.ims Ggll inat en_y 1:Liror:Jt werol a . pro--
bnbl y dest r oyed - 11. a.nd 4uo.t;e4 .. fl.
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ANNEX
A
OPERATIONS
Exhibit - Tro.ck Charts
Part I _ No.vlgo.tion
Pa.rt II - Bombing
Po.rt 111 - Flight Engineering
Part IV _ Radar
Port V _ Gunnery
Po.rt VI - Air-Seo. Rescue
Sxbiblt _ Air_Sea Rescue Map

DATE
WING
CONFI OE NTIAL
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PART I _ lIAVIGATIO:l
1. Nnvlgo.tion to the 1'I'ing nssembly point -'"as as briefed except
for the 498th S04th Groups of the 73rd o.nd 313th Wings respectively.
which flew 30 mil e s west of the briefed course in order to nrrlve in
the nssembly uren on time. The t1me in the winl nssembly oren
rnnged from 5 to 35 minute s , with depnrture 6 minutes early,
2. Loran furnished odequD,te navlgnt10nal nid during the flight
to the assembly oren.
3. The climb phnse wns started nt npproxim-:. tely 30/0ON on a due
northerly hetl,d i ng. The time in the cl imb to 25, 000 f eet cvernged one
hour and 15 minutes condition was e ncountere d from 3l/11N
to the point, nllviglltors wore unnble to mike drift or
position checks.
4, All groups of the 73rd Wing made lnndf nll 15- 20 !:I1l e s west ot
Ho.mann Lnke.
5 , Squadron B of the 504th Group of the 313th Wing mnde Inndfall
o.s briefed but Squlldron .-. of this Group broke out of the front south
of Nagoyu fnlsely identified Nagoya Bny us Tokyo BIlY. It
reorientated on Fuji howevor. turned, and CI';lde its bOlllbing rll!l
on c.n axis of uttack of 77 degrees . The lead naviglltor md no dend
r e ckoning procedure 1n the target area, a misto.ke in 1dent.iflc:ltlon
thnt indlc:lted the need for increased radnr scope stud{. Steps hllve
boen taken to p r ovide this study.
6
a
Squadron B of the S04th Gr oup had collis i on course
with anothe r gr oup blown beyond the target while turning tlwtl)'.
As a resul t i t was necessary for this to bacb on an axis of
202 degrees r ather than the br1efed 68 degr ees,
7. All units of the 73rd '.\'ing bombed as briefs.d.
6. The ave r age winds in the t ll r ge t ru-e a wer e 280 degr es.s at
140 knots,
9 . Nilvigation to t he bllse was without incident. r e-
porte d maxtmum r anges of Lor an up to 1400 mi les and obtained aTOr &18
r oadings up t o 850 m1l s.s . They o.lso we r e abl e to cOllnt er check: tht1r
Loran and ce l est ial f i xes wi t h a gr eat degr ee of aoouracy.
10. The t ime t o t he tar get W\\S OS,55 hOl.lr8 ... ca.pa"d
t o an estimated t ime of hollr s , The .i .. 10D U .. f l a.m
was 14:'0
PJtt II _ 19"110
lioved that future results will show great improvecent as a result
of the adoption of this new policy.
4, Since only 11 pe rcent of bamba dropped were identified, exact
bombing r e sults could not be det ermined.
PORT III _ FLICHT !!:N'GIN?ER INC
1. ';"ssot:lbly nnd :.ltitud, Cruise;
n. Group nssemblies we r e mnde by both the 73rd and 3l3tb
near the ir respective bases,
b, The initinl cru1Ge WnB mnde 0.& for both ·"ings.
C, ;. wing nsscmbly by the 73rd "'ing VI';lS effected Clt the des -
ignate d assembly point without incident,
d. The 313th Wing mado the initlo.1 crube in individlUl l l10up
forma tion with no utteopt of wing o.s sembly.
2. Climb to Bombing bltitud,: The Il.ver o.ge time required to cl1cb
to bombing altitude W.l.S as predictod for both
'.
bombing
High L.ltt tude Cruise to
altitude was short , less
Tp,net i
thnn one
The :l.ver :'. ge time r equired At
hour for both \lings.
4. Return to Bp,se; The 3l3th Wi ng r eturned t o using a COD-
stnnt letdown procedure from the target . This procedure resulted in
g. snving of an average of a?proximate ly 150 g0.11005 of ruel per air-
craft for the 313th ','Hng IlS compared to the 73rd '.'ling. which used DaA7
types of returning pr ocedures,
5.
sWllption
Genera l ! See ConsDlidntod Cor COD-
and weight dnta,
P(JlI IV - RADAR
1. Radnr pmp1oYF'ept!
11. . :Jf/:.PQ 131
(1 ) The pr:lllary tarr;et .11.8 obaov" .,. 0 ..... coni' &l1li
0. 11 at to.ok, on the a.con4cLry t'U'pt wer •• ada as.tIler .,
ro,dlU' or by rad. t·z .,lth ",hila! OOI'"otiODa.
(I) . &dar ... ua' .. all .... .............. ,. ..... .
• of' wiDdII .
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2. Radar Equipment Performance:
a. ;.N/;J>Q-13:
(1 ) 145 hie were
( 2) 114;.je r eported rada r satisfactor y for bombing.
( 3 ) 27 r eported unsatisfactor y for bombing.
(-1.) )"!D. XimUD o.verc.ge for l o.ndfo.l1 was 65 Cliles.
b . ... N/.:.PN 4: ,. ve ro.go r o.ngo of Loro.n fixes 1Ul.S 650 m116s.
One nr. vigo.tor reported r eception o.t 1400 :niles .
3, Malfunctions:
a.. ;,N/).PQ-1J:
(1) 1: Sweep rotation stopped 15 mi nut es before hnding.
(2) 1: sta.bi1izD.tlon i no.ccur a.te.
(J) JI Lost to.rgets at altitude,
(4) 1: Inverter out at take-off ; u.se d klr&.."1 inV'Grter. CD
way ba.ck, transmitte r current f1u.ctu.nte d e xc ess i vely, r e ndering let

(5) 1: Tnnsmitter kicked off ::.t o.lt1tu.de.
(6) 1: Too much pressurization.
(7) 1 : Targets onl y 10 t o 30 mi l es; arc and crys-
t al erratic.
(8 ) 1 1 Targets f nded out, f1n0.11y disOflpoued.
(9) 21 Inv",r ters out.,
b.
.:..N/ ..:.PN·4 :
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(3) 1 , S .... p lost.
(.) 1, . ok d.p.le.
(S) 1. ht
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PART V • G1.J1\.IERY
1. This mission was notable from the gunnery standpoint 1n that
it t es ted measur es deve loped to meet nose attacks. Due to a leg in the
computer caused by the excessibely high closing rote of enemy fighters
on the nose of the 8 -29. it was decided that future range instead of
pr esent r ange was required for the computer .
2. It was recommended that all nose gunners fire upon en enemy
airercd't whon it fill ed 3/4 of tho reticul e :o. nd spin tho r ange knob
from to mimimam, putt ing futur e into tho computer
obtr. ining ffill.xirnum r ange cerrection frem tho r il ngo motor . PositiVe!
r esults have been obtainod using this method.
3. I t was noticed that short bursts at onemy ai r cr aft when
ar e at 1000 yards dofonitly made thorn cho.nge the pl an of attack.
4 . It was olso ebs ervod that the Japs are still using a rainbow
of color s on thier fighters.
5 . Pilots she'", evidence of
form:o.tion is their best dofense .
fly threugh as thoy could
having ths fact a
Tho Japs dislike it bec:l.uu they
thr ough 0. loese fOTOation .
6 . The Jops continue to use pacing for
inforlit r.tion. These enemy aircr llft are not signific:l.nt f r OQ 0. gunner y
standpoint. since they seldom
50..cnl . .. .mmuni tion Expended
C F C System
50. _cnl . machine guns
Guns loaded
73rd
69, 204 rds.
100ll
97. 7%
Cold
PeRT VI _ ':' I R.SE.) RESCUE
313th
57.000 rda.
.7%
98"
!lot
,1. ;.. su.mmo.ry of ditching incidont Oil th18 .i .. loo
follows :
0. . 73rd l!1i ng a.1rornf't ( co. 11 sip &1W06) ditoblld'" rOG.
to b:l.se o.t 0. position 9 1/2 mlle l north ot Af;rUWl Xalllll4 at ........
imo.tely 191100Z. ;.. lurta.oe " .. Ill ruobed the ,"DOl _ ..
5 s urvivors at 191565Z. .;.. coordinated .... rob by Nl't ... .,...a1 ...
Dumbo Wo.l mo.d.e but nC addit1ono.l lu",lyOra ..,.. 100& ....
135" 14 5"
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19 February 1945
1'T'3J"THER
1, Ens!! on T;:l.k!! - Off : There wore 4/10 cumulus clouds with bo.ses
1500 feet tops o.t 6000 feot o.llowing normnl off , Visibility
vms 12 llIi l os,
2, Route Outgoing: There wero 4/10 cumulus clouds 1200
Nld 6000 foot to 21dogreos North, Visibility "No.s 15 miles, From 21
dogroes North to 24 degreeS North ther e wer o 6 to 9/10 cumulus with
bo.ses o.t 1500 feet nnd tops 6000 to 9000 f eot, Thore were elso 6 to
10/10 altocumulus with bases at ID, OOO feet and tops at "14 000 feet
in this 10no reduCgd from 10 miles to
1 l:111e . From 24 degrees North to 29 degrees !l ther e were 3/10 cw:.ulus
1500 6000 feet and 6/10 nltocumulus 12,000 feet ,
St:trting :'J.t 29 degr::.os North the form"Uon cli;r.bed through 7/10 cumulus
between 1500 o.nd 6000 feet nnd l ayers of nltocuculus 10.000
and 20, 000 fect, Some pl:lnes r elorted the to be solid.
From 20, 000 to 25 , 000 feet , thore was :l deck of cirrostratus which
sloped upwnrd to 27,000 feet over the Empire. Clir.1bing through this
zone, were forced to up. but they on top.
3, To.rget: Plnnes flying in ha1e cirrus deck which r educed
visibility 5/10 altocumulus we r e reported between 12.000
o.nd 14, 000 feet , o.nd 5/10 stro.tocumulus with bases o.t 3000 faet
tops 6000 feet we r e observed. Thero were he,vy persistent contrc.US
at flight levels, "Hnds were reported at 270 degrees at 145 Icnots
while rorecast winds were 270 de grees at 135 knots,
4. Route Returning : Conditions were similar to route outSOing.
5, Eases on Return: There wo r e 4/10 cumulus baaed 1500 t e.t
Vii th tops at 6000 feet.
6. Ramurks: nlthough the posit i ons of fronts were poorly tore ..
cast . crews reported forecast winds to be excell ent.
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1. Gene r nl: Fi ve RClJ So:o. r ch :.lrcrc.ft ench with
. ' • an ... ., "tlllerVer ,
?!Oro to in this r::lisslon Only ttl
the n l ss 10n, • lZ' OQ conpl ct od
2. Results of SenIch:
9. fi total of 28 e nemy r ndaf was intercepted.
b. The fo llowing 81gnals with Gun-Laying character istics
inte rcepted :
(1) 193/4/1100
( 2) 197/4/1000
(3) 78-79/5-8/1500_3000
(4) 202/711200
Inte rcepted at I P
I nter cllpted Ilt I:P:
Int ercepted in Tokyo .f eo. ,
Inte rcepwd in Tokyo. . .reo.
1:59 me ,
c . signals wer e l o r ged at 278 me , 58 ce, 36.7 me ,
':.11 were unmodubted.
d. The compl ete list of f ('.dllf slgn'l.ls i nt l,l fc epted is ::.&
fol lows :
(, )
Target Ar c:;l. (Tokyo) :
79/27/1000 Tro.cklng
95/15/ - . Tr"1.ckin!;
108/10/600 Tr::.clc lng
167/8-10/ 1000 Trncking
186-189/ 7/ 900
197/15/1100 Tr ncking
( 2) Othe r Rlldnr si gnah IlS followlI:
74 . 5/11/1000
79/:51/500
93/39.S/500
96-97/29/500
100/20_22/250.350
102.S/17/S00
104/14/250
110/S2/250
116/9/ --
125/10/750
140/3'-'500
146-150/14_18/750
152- 15';25_27/600

160/9/S00
89.6/31-3O/SOO
&e.5/31-SV300
105/ZV3&0
Sweop Rate '2 RPlI
Sweep ing
Trilcklng
TraCking
Sweep ; n to 1/ 2 RPll
Swe ep Ro. t e 1 RPJ.I
Tr :loklng
Trncklr16
Swe sp i r16
Sweep Ro.te 20 RPl.'
Sweepi",
Tro.ckinc
TrClct1na
'I'ro.clr:ll11
trllOklD&
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3410O!i _ 136/ 00fii
3';00:1 _ 136/00£
34/ 25M - 136/
34/251 -
Chichi J1aa.
IfClgOY:l Areca
I.P. Area
Na.goyn Area
gel!.
WOCII - 1"'_
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b, Fighters :
at corr ect nltitude
ing of tho attack.
The e nemy fighters nttru:ktng the le"d youp were
nnd o.pparently were given sufficient II.dvnnce Wnrn-
4, Egulpr:tent i
c., The equipment employed functioned except
for one AN/APA- 6 PRF meter which t d
::I oppe ind1ctl.ting il::unedlD.tely nfter
toke- off. The equipment has been bench checked c.nd 1s i
tioD. . n operQ._
5, ConclusioDs:
0. , The 78 me r ".dnr slgnr.Is intercepted presurn-bly ortgo:o.ted
fran lb. rk TA Mode l III type onemy equipment.
b, The 58 mc c.nd 36.'7 mc Q1" slgn-:.ls intercepted r.re possibly
Jo.p'1.nes e cr:; Doppl er Effect
c, Considernble dtl.tc. is beinG compiled 00 the Jc.pnnese Gun -
Lo.yiog Radr.rs, The r esults thus fer indic-te th'1.t it in two
freque ncy b::tnds. i ,·e, . 75 nnd 200 me. Al though lobe swi tching of then
sign,\ls weB not reported on this mission. previous do.tt. indic'\tes th-.t
such 15 the c."'.se in ner.rly nIl of the like sign-.ls int.>rcepted,
1, Strike Rtlports: Aircr".ft n".dio t r -_"Isoitted 23
str ike reports (BombS ':'w-.y); 0.11 were received by the ground
2. Fox Tra nsmissions: encoded in UCOP.·.C Time !tcks
were transmitted on nIl strike fr"quencies on the h,"..lt
hour :md hour No requests for weather or time tick.
ware m;:o.da by aircrr.ft in flight.
3, Fregy,enciesl Slight interference --.s received on ,,11 ,trike
frequenci es , to in the hours of thi. mission.
AlrcrCtft operators re')ort ground stntlon's sign"l wo.s vory good anr
the Aircro.ft signnla from ovor the t'\rg::lt _re -.lao vuy pod.
In 0. p 3rcent:\ge bre"kdown of traffio per frequency. 31 peroellt 011. till
3 megacycle freque nciesj 22 perc"nt Oft the 6 IIIflg!\Cyc1e fr&q,uflacl ••
and 47 percont on the 11 mes-cyl e frequeacies .
4. Rmvicptiop,l Ai4.1 R0410
sively during return 1o, of
ted. r ll.dlo operator.
two were obtained,
he(),l' vowul .t ... tioD'. iIt..tnaotlaa .....
to.ln II. due to uo •• Ii ... Ilwlu.. -
I Ons C'ir Ilu1't.renoe 1D bMl'1ap 1' .... ...
VIF/fli belll'iDp an ft ........... ...
6 . Enemy transmissions I The
and jammi ng wero noted during this mission :
incidents of interferenCe
0. . 3145 kcs :
( 1) I neffective c:w
on t 1 r (
fro::t an unknown .t.t'on
r e urn eg 0 mission Ground Station).
( 2)
Unidentif i ed Rlf , ineffective, o,t 045402 (Aer1o.1 ).
b. 6055 kca:
( I ) Intent 10n" 1 ,
... " Jornm ng at 09),92, sl1"ht efre,t, •• _
ness ( Ground Stationl. <>
( 2)
J o.p CW trnnsmisslon at 2J07Z, Ineff .. ctive ( :..cri o. l).
c. 11 080 kcs :
(l) Henvy Jnp crl during the finnl hours
1 t is ques tiona lba whether it w'). s intention').l or not .
modernte (Ground
of tn' m1uion _
Effectiveness
( 2) Very strong ste['dy ton!;) at 03302 (ncrbl).
( 3) At 0300Z eneQ? t r nfflc.
we-.s 51 i ght .
(4) Unidentif i ed R/T at 0336Z was
(5) Unidentified C" over the tc.rget ".nd ne::ll' the Boniol.
r anging from to ine ff ac tive .
d. 3410 kcs : Negligible.
e. 7310 kcs: Negligible .
f . 11160 kcsl Negligible .
7. Distress; Two emer ge ncy possibl e dltob-
ing were sent by :\ ircrCLft. One s e cured 0. buddy end: the bu.
saf e ly. The second ditched. I ts position o. nd
rel o.yed by 0. -Buddy- o. ir c rnft r ece ived b" tbe p-ound. .tatiOD..
Five of tho crewmen we r e r esoued. Four •• tI tor
bG:..rings Vle r e r eceived by tbe groWld st: tion. Three ot tho .. are
obt c.ined. inte rforenoe provonted obta1n1ft& or tbe otbel' bolll't...,
8. Equip.ept l:91CyPCt,iOPU Alf/JrJi'l'-lSI 1 taoperott.w. 1 .. dM
tone ; 1 clyJuaotoJ' no1"1 1 t1x04 aewDfUL bJ'ot.a; 1 tUM ... --
aged by eneay Q.DtloD. 1!A/",..1. 1 loop .otar I.
hunting of aoedt.; ....... =te ... 1 l-t ....
Gr o. tl_, I inw ... t.t1:en:' QIUl ........ I
40atltp I 1 tl'llu.itter
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Part I - BnIllllY Air OpP08i tiOIl
Part II - Aircraft ad I 'UB
Part III - Damase AaaeeaDaI. t
PART I • p!El'f AIR OproSlTION
1. General; Enemy air Opposltion .. as strong. 195 aircraft mCina
570 attacks. Nineteen 8· 29s (14.2% of the effort) were damaged and
3 B· 29s ( 2 . ]%, of the effort) were destroyed by e n ~ fighters. B-2911
destroyed ]8. probably destroyed 17 and damaged 41 aircraft.
2. Sightinss and Attacks:
a . Ratio of attacks to sishtings for tour missiOns in the
Tokyo area:
'1.
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Ratio ot
MISbION Attacks Sighted
Attaclca to SlMti!l.S!
THIS MIS5ION 570 195
2.1} to 1
Mission #29 330 230
1.4 to 1
Mission #24- 984 275 ].6 too 1
Mission #18 200
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b. Ratio of enemy aircraft sighted to IlUIIIber ot B-29'.
over Japan;
E/. No. B-299 Ratio at Sieh'tiDp to
MIS:JION Sighted Over Japan streesth at OW' loru
Ti-.LS MlffilON
195 133
1.5 'to 1
ills sian #2fJ 230 101 2.) 'to 1
tussion #24- 275 63 4.4 to 1
Mission #18 150
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2.8 to 1
c . Ratio ot enemy a rcratt attackino 'to ZIUIIIber of i - ~ .
over Japan:
E/. No. B-29s
Ratio ot ,Utaca to
.. :ISSION Attacks Onr 1!p!D
Stre!fj;'-b of ow an.
TliIS MLSSION
Mission #29
MiSsion N24
WsBion #18
570
33
0
984
200
3.. Location ot .t.uUg,
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101
6)
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a. El8bt1-tU'H p .. out ot all ......
bombs uqt ., COIIIaHd. to 8.51: ........ 131-
attacks prior to boabe ...,. OD •• J .. 10M
•• 3 CO 1
)'l ... 1
11- to 1
,.7 to 1
4. Type of EileatY Aircraft AttackinB'
linelIlY Aircraft
"'ny
Irving
Tojo
",k.
Nick
T/E U/l
sLE. U/l
Oscar
Type ABC
Jaci<
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Jill
Frances
TOTJ1-
Number of Attacks
1'5
117
aD
77
64
2a
2a
22
17
7
2
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Percent of ell Attacks
22
21
14
14
11
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5. Direction of ,i"ttacks: Fifty·tv;o per cent Of all anacD wan
nose attacks . as compared to 60%. zd 48%. r eapeetiTely. 01:1. t_
last 3 missions in the Tokyo area. Sixteen pe.· CeDt Of De att.aca
"ere from left quarter . 20% from right quarter . and frIB 'Lb. taU.
6 . Level of Attacks: The perCEntage Of high aUaca (_>
dropl'ed considerably from those expel"leDced on the last 3 aiHloDII
in the 'lbkyo area 39;(. 1birtr- seveo per cent t4 ttle
attacks came from level and came from belo .. ; bott!. fi.g\lras ....
a1 igb tly above aver agE.
1. pirection and Level of Attack: Hi&b. leT81. end lOw DOea
attacks .ere the fIlO8 t numerou8. comprlsinS 15%. 2OJC. and 16';, He-
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(1) J;.ttacb roere general fly- through attacks.
(2) M effective type of attack elllployed by
several Tojos '>:hich spproached very high and dove straight into
formations at a 6(/> angle , opening fire at about 600 yards and
pressing to 50 yards, firing
11. Coordinated 4ttacksl
The coordinated attacks reported:
a. Nine aircraft reported about 8 Nicks. 1 Tbjo and 6
Tonys attacking from head on 90 closely thet ttey all
appeared to be attacking at once . 1 t determined tbst
they 'Qere att6ckinf; in t·. os and ti'.reea from 11 to 1 o'cl ock level
to below. They.opened fire bet'rleGn 1000 and 800 yards aDd senerally
pressed attacks to 300 yards br eaking in a dive .
b. Tbree Tonys attacked at 2:)0 and ):)0 frOD belu;.
They opened fire at 700 yards at r.b.icb. time our aircraft also fiHd
and eneCIY aircraft broke in a dive at 500 yards .
c. pairs ot Tojoa attacked one aircraft. one at a
time, from 12 o 'clock level. They op6ned fire lOCO to 900 yards
and broke al.ay at about 400 yards. Our aircraft opened rire 6t
1000 yardS.
d. Tilo lrvings came in from 8 :00 lenl and 4:00 hi&hi '&:he
first bNke left at 500 yards \i th ateep climb and out at 9;00
high; the otner broke dth rieht turn at 400 yards and out at 3100
level ..
e. 'l'&'O zekes came in at 10 o'clock leTel. line 8Itertl; at
100 yarda broke to ri .... ht with sharp diTing turn and
r. Ttl;o Nicks at 1100 higb in trail woke lett at 100 f8I"da
and then right and out at 7100 high.
s. .seven unidentified t\,lD-eII8iD8 aircratt ira ••
formation peeled otf' end attacked OD8 at a tae about 1/4 aiJ)U.t.
apart. loll cad io trom 12100 l eyel. )I). 1 aDd JI). 2 bzaIae at JGD ,
yarda up over 'IOin& and out at 4.001 No. 3 broke at ,.... .... -
up and out at 2100 • .,. 4 broke at; 0ftZ' lett wi ..
out at 9:00. No. S brou at aboUt; ,.rU oft!' len ...
at 9100j lb. 6 broke at 300 ,... 0" 4'iP' .--..
high. No. 7 Uoke at; 300 ,.n. 0" 1'111" .s.. ....
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k. Seven enemy alrcratt--3 TOJos and 4 Tonys--all in
tram 12:00 level. broke about 400 yardsj the first 1Ojo to left
and out at 3:00; the second to rigr, t and out at 9:00 the tLird
right and out at 9;00 The tour 10nys broke and out at
3 :00 level ..
1. 'fI;'o
at 7:00 high;
yards and out
o ne at 10: 00
high breaking at 150 yards and
in at 12: 00 high . Qade left turn at
the otner came
at 5 : 00 high.
m. Two zekes to 'o'Iing trom 9:00 10 ... . broke ril::.ht at
100 yards and out at 7:00
n. '1\70 lrvint s. one at 5 :00 lo'\'". and other at 6:00 level.
First broke at 200 yards and out a t 7:00
o. 'fi/O lrvinl'!,s. one at 5:00 l or. and ottier at 6: 00 level.
The tirst broke at 200 yards to r ie;ht and under and out at 12:00 la.j
the other broke at 150 with left turn end out at 9:00 10'1': .
p.
400 yards Dnd
T;:o Tojos came in
out at 9:00 low.
q' '!bree 'Ibnys and 3 lrvlJl.8S mnde successne paBSe.s fra
7 tOO high. and out · at 5100 high. _ Circl:ed lJo.ck ac.ross tul for GIlO'bU
pass rut could not eaten up for second pass ';.lth t.his 8-29· ru.
B-29 ,;as criPpled.
r. Two Irvings at 1:00 bight line astern. Broke at lOOC
yards over 5-29 and out at 7:00 high.
12. StrosslerSJ Stragglers p8:r'ticulll1'l)' siDS!ed out for
attention by the figbt ... re. The two 5-29s iDYOlnd in colli.
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13. Collisiona and Hemin&!: '!WO lDid-a1.r oollislO
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tlere reFt-
edt In both iMtances tl.e fighterS had been fired on betOl'e VIe
crasbes and may have been out of oontrol. Tbare 18 lID datlA1-
opinion alfPrlS t • .e observing orells u 110 'lit. .'&.81' or DlGt i' 1IU t;b8
intention of the fighter l/ilota to ram ne B--29s. 'Da. t1nt ot
these occurred at abOut 26.000 f •• '_ .,.weeD 11''''
aD Irving. cc:aiDb trem ahead. chaDdell- Ql' tMD aon dOG
B-29 tuaelage beb1Dd th. wl118. 1-29 iA I pi .....
Inin& was b6l1ne4 to be NtoH ..
case. also beQ6" II" aDd. MrP'l_ iJrfOlw4 .... at
teet 1I'LOD. 8 Ni. or" kA\aUft .". AID •• t ...... r-
up on ODe vias _d 111" ..... ....at .--- ..... ....
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by enemy aircraft as compared and 13·2%. respect-
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with red
."1'elloo nose.
_Black
_Black '\'Ii th 'ilo..vy orange stripe on i. togs and
orange bell and '\'Ihite circ le.
fuselage.
.Black wi th
.Silver
_White and roundel in baclcground.
"'Olive drab.
" /"ted.
_silver ?Iith red roundels.
.Dark with 'I'Ihite ll in6 Ups.
_Black.
_Black wi th orange stripes along [ueela&e.
_Black flith yellow CQVlling.
_Yellow band 8l'ound red roundel and fuse1&@.e
near stabili zer.
_Faded black in color . yellOV band &rOund red
roundels and orange stripe around fuselBlS8 neU'
stabilizer .
-Olive drab.
- Red.
-Dark.
_C8JIt)ufl.aged green tnth rei roundsla ,.itb. ,.b1te
circles around outoaide •
.. Blaek with tt:O grey stripes on lOing tipa; sa"
imPressioD of square ,.ice tips.
-All silver 'ilith brl.cht red roundds.
_Black.
-Dork ",itb gbit6 'Ii1 CO tip',
-Dark &reen witt. redo roUDdel ••
_Grey.
_BrOWD.
_Olive Drab.
_Silver.
witb red and .bite ,\ripe OD a...
.. Black w1tb oreDaB a1&-....... lp... ----
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-Dark with rod roundels.
-Grey.
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- Silver,
..olive drab,
- All silver,
1

-Striped like a t ebra.
1 Zeke 32 - Black,
1 • •
-Grey with dark stripe on wings diagonal from
fueelage ,
1 Type
1 •
AllC

-Red spots and stripes on wings ,
. Silver,
5 • •
-Dar k,
1
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- Br own. ,
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-Ca.mouflaged,
5

1 Frances
-Black with ye ll ow stripes around wlnge,
-Olive drab,
1 Jill -Light,
16. Results or Bits on Enemy Aircraft;
Doyn Flying and Seen to Cruh
1 Nick
Aflame qnd Out of Control
4 Nick
5 Tony
3 Zeke
3 Irving
1 Romp
1 S/E: U/I
Op F k!il and S'PSIk 1M
9 Irvine;
, Tojo
4 Zeke
8,BC
a liok
I a.oar
1 .....
1 !/111fT
Seen to Emlod!
1 Tojo
1 Ze ..
2 NicJc
1 ,_
2 Irvl..r:lg
Tail Sbot orr
am' Oyt or Ccmtrpl
, ....
lOa_
" ing Sbot oct aD4 Out or
CoPStol
1 rojO
5net1P,
Tro.oers 1n Fuselo.ge
( No Observed Results)
1 Tony
1 Irving (pnot Puachubd)
1 Irving
4. Tony
3 Tojo
4. Nick
1 AllC
17. Claims by Aircraft 'pd Gun PgqitioQI
Destroyed
4. Irving
3 I rving
1 Irving
1 I rving
3 Nick
.2 Nick
.2 Nick
1 Nick
.2 Tojo
.2 TOjo
1 TOjo
1 TOjo
:5 Zeko
.2 Zoke
1 Zeke
:5 Tony
1 Tony
1 Tony
1 OSCal"
1 T/E O/I
1 T/E U/I
1 T/E 0/1
Probably Destrgyed
.2 I rvi ng
.2 Irving
1 Irving
, 'oke
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1 Zea $I
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4 TOja
RSG
J TOja
Nose
2 TOjo
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1 TOjo
NOIS,
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3 Zeke
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2 ""', RSG
2 Zeke
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1 Zeke
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1 Zlke
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2 Tony
NOle
2 Tony
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1 Tony
RSG
1 Tony
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3 Olcar
Nose
1 ABC
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1 T/E U/ l
RBI Tan
~ : Figures tor c l a10s against enemy aircraft are at variance w1th
those published in the Consolidated StatistlCal Sw=ary. The
above statist1cs ar e based on l ater inf'oZ1:lation and are belin'.
ed to be more accurate. Hcnorever
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both sets of figurea are pre_
liminary in that they do not represent the cla1.ma actu.lly al _
lowed.
PART II - M NiP AlR_TO;IB BQl!BPjC
1. Enemy M Firer
a. The secondary target _8 attacked by 9 8qu.adrona of tbll
73rd Wing and 4. squadrons ot tbe 313th ''fin&. The tonu.tiou baaW
trom 24. 500 - 30
1
000 t eet tram OS50Z to 0630Z. Squa4rana attaat.d
on headings ranging from 77
0
_ 1300 witb the exception or ODe 8,1IAd-
ron ot the 313th (3rd) with made a aaooDd nm 011. 'f'oq-o 011 a -.a.c
at 202
0
• The winds over the target were r ~ ~ 4 .. I'JOO _ .. a'
IlS - 160 knots. The underout _s 6/10 to 1/10, . 1t11H&b ...
Crews reported that they 'QJ'e able to He 1 .... tIIrOuP oina ....
and breaks in the lower olowi 00'1'''.
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erally accurate . Again all types of fir e were encountered, mostly
barrage and predicted concentrati ons, The s econd tactical squadron of
the 313th Iflng reported only mod erat e fire which was Ver y inaccurate,
leading by 2 mil es , high, low, level and right. This squadron
ed no flak damage.
.. ,
end,
f. After the turn
meager and inaccurate.
from the te.rget
Two phosphorous
and at
bursts
llU1.d' $ end the flilk
wer e s een at land's
g. The third squadron of the 313th Wing which made a second
run on the target from the east encountsred meager and inaccurate flak
When first approaching the city, but tho flak became moderat e and aC_
Curate , the majority of the f ire being bar r age type,
h.
this number
as follows:
A totll.l of 36 A/ C Was
suffered major
!!all
Location
73rd Wg Kof.
t way from
IP to target)
·Targct
313th \1g
Target

On,
Ale of the 73rd Wlng WD.I hit
once at target •
damaged by flak. At least 8 or
The break down of the dllQage wu
No. of AlC
Altitude (feet)
1
"'.000
1 26. 000
1
29.000
2
29.000
3
"'.000
3 21.000

26,000
··13 ... 22 215,500 to
21,000
twice; once ...... run •
.. Engineer and Flight Engineer SpeciaUst Report troll 3l3tb "iq
lists 13 Ale dllIhged by flnk, Stathtioll.l Su.;U'y SlStb '11.
lists 22 AlC damaged by flak.
1.
on squadron
An apparent borse-sboe shaped, bU'1'aC8 .. " ....... W ....
oYer the tarset.
J. Bursts w .... pr ... 1D&ntl,. blMlc ..... __ ........
and one yellow burst were "portH.
mc radar
m. Signals from 2 Mark "TA" model 3 radars and several 200
signals were intercepted in the TOkyo area.
n. Japanes e picket bOats were sighted betwsen the assembl
and climb polPts. indicating that the enemy had considerable war y
of the approach of our AlC. ning
'.
evasive
Our Tqctics ys AAt
a . The Second Group of the 313th '."' ing reported that !IIUd
tactics on the approach proved effeetive in evadi ng flak.
b. Both wings employed slight turns and lOBS of altitude
upon withdrnwnl.
3. Bombing nDd Rockets:
(1) Two AlC r eported a r e d·palnted Val Which flew par -
nllel and to the l eft of the formation about 2000 yards away. After
an unspecified time, the Val made a 180
0
turn into the Ln4
dropped or fired n projectile which burst as a phosphorous bomb.
Burst was low and innccurnte.
(2) One Ale reported a nose attack by a Tony or Tojo
which released n phosphorous bomb 1000 nbove and 500 yard,
of the formation. The bOlnb burst immediately. c-;.uaing no
Botween IP and target. an lrv1n£. approx1ao.tel,.
2000 feet above and to the l ett ot a (ormntioD. dra,ped ODe pboapbDr-
OUB bomb which exploded 75 to 100 yards to the lett and. leTel witbo\lt
doing nny damage. The characteristic burst ... "largo-.
C4.) Five Oscars. 500 feat or lIore o.bOTe 0. B-2SiI to..--
tion, dropped 3 phospborous bombs. One nploded. low aDd ahead. oae
slightly above and tp right; GDd the third low. bebiDd. 10Il0 or tbNe
damage. Burets were estimated to b. 30 in 4i ... ter DDt
oounting strenmers.
(5) A gunner in the lirst Vou., onr tbe tar",t ,....n-
ed that just before bOll.bl .. way, 2 Zete ...... obaerncl .ttaal::1ac a
B-29 with one of thl Zetes dropping .. pba.,hoI'OU8 "'-'. IM.-
further reports tbD.t the bo..b uplodecl wltb • 'IIblte n_.;;; ... ;;,ii, ....
have torn off part of t. B_.'. tr1ns. 'I ......... Ii
Dama.ge of' the t)'lle reter"d to baa act ,.- r ... ," ,.. ..,
Wtng' a 8_29's (13r4 WIDC).

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b. Rockets:
(1) Possible rockets were encounter ed shor tly after
bombs away. An unidentif i ed single-engine enemy aircraft f r om 9
ol olook l evel fired 4 proj ectiles Simultaneously. apparently 2 from
under each wing. at about 3000 yards. The projectiles fell short
by about 400 yards without exploding. They went down at that pOint
and 'burned out".
( 2) Shortl y aft er landfall a r ed 'bOoll of fire' WlLS
seen below the f ormation tr avel ing at very high speed. It burst
about 400 yards behind t he observing aircraft without Causi ng dBJII-
age, No trail was seen and it was not observed to have Come from
an enemy aircraft ,
(3) Near the IP two r ed "balls of fire" , without trail ,
ware s een descending very rapidly thr ough the formation without
ploding. The launching aircraft, if any. was not observed. No
age was reported.
PART IU ASSESSMENT REPORT
Tokyo Area
Reference Photogr aphy:
Pre- strike:
Pre_strike:
Post_str ike :
Post_strike: .
3PR4lI 4-2 :40
20- 2 : 37- 40
3PRSll 54-3L: 3. 9. 13. 19
3PRSI.! S4 _3R:1 2.13
SU1DjARX
7 I\ove:r:tber 1944
26 NoVftlber 19"
21 ? ebr ulIJ"Y 19&5
21 FebrulIJ" Y 19&5
This r eport covers damage in the east ern secti oD of TckJO City
rollowing the bomb strike of 19 February 19'5.
Included is incendiary damage to residential aroae. aa open
storage area, Target 1394 and Target 1370.
Some of the damage may havo been aausod by strikes prior to IV
February 1945.
1.
2.
'.
'.
St orage Areal
Entire ...... ot 165.,000 e, rt ... troy.t _1t1t. tM
exception or .. tn .... u \nllldlDp.
R"idppUa1 Al,1I Bo .. tt ... d b1&b-NP1odft
as. withi .... UK of
fotal root ana d . ......
!gildiAC. f=SIepM' ao.tt 6'tOO .. It r4 rMI
Puildip'l Approziakll' 1100
.1 ....... " ....
5 • ... Um'h] ....
..
7. TBfget 1370 (35/44N • l39/4§E; Sumida River Sumida
Rival' Railroad Ynr d of the
Johnn Linesl About 2'00 Iq ft
of frel&ht warehouse r oof des.
troyed,
8 , Un id entified PlAnt on 'Vest Bo,nk or EdO R1np
'.
a, One bu11ding de stroyed: 1500 sq ft .
b. One building severely druMAged. OriginAl r oof ozea about
9000 sq ft, 20 percent destroyed.
0, Ona building severely dMiaged, Original r oof areo. ·o.bout
7900 "r ft. j,.bout 18 percent destroyerl.
d. Ground haze prevent s more detailed assessment.
e. Fourteen bomb cr atere are visible in the ple.nt and a sa!!..ll
o.r ea.
f. All damo.ged ar eas r eferred to in this r eport are annotatod
on the photo of 9 -10 March included her e in.
Results or Other BO;b1ngs ,S §eln eR Strike Pbeto. :
a. 73 bursts are in an area (35/44N _ 139/32E) about 35,000
it north east of the leper 10.1 Pa.h.ce between tbo Seso aDd
Furutone Rivers.
b. Pr i nte 871BS 5U 31-3V:8
t
9: 42 butsts ar e in aD area (35/451
139/46E) about 22,000 ft north of the Imperial Pal.Ce.
iately southeast of Target 204 Bftd east of Target 20? YOst
of the bursts are among manufacturing buildings,
0. Prints 870BS 514 31-5V,7,8: 8 incendi&r1 blU'Bts .,.. obBerftd
" est of the Edo River (35/ 4.l9 _ 139/ 5(8) about <40.000 tt
eut of the Imperial Po. lao., Results are unknOWD beoauu ot
photo quality. SeVen bursts are eb .. r yed in a
area (35/3911 .. 139/53£) about 35.000 rt BOUthe .. t of tbe Ja-
pe rial Palace on the 'tIIut bank of the &:Ie 'her UlcI acljdet
to Target 360.
Strike Pbotoqtpby.
871BS 5M37
8718S SUS7 IV.l.,
81185 5M3' ".1_10
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ccmSOL1lMTEP S'UTISTIC;.L §!OO!W
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SEORET
XXI BOMBER COMMAND
CONSOLIDATED STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF COMBAT OPERATIONS
FORM 34
MISSION NO. 37
19 Fi:BRWIRY 1945
pri..Ir&"y rnrgct : NrJ,lroji.!m-Uusc.shino :J.rcruft plant TOkyo
secondary Target : urban ond Dock f.,rcas. TOkyo
COST OF MISSION
.. •.. .. . .. .
., .-.t (Ill ..... • •
150
74%
idrcraft LOS t • • • • • • . . • 6 '
poreen t of :J.rcreft .., La
• • •
llOODIIaI7 •••••
WU\ &1z'barDe •
None
119
• •
.l.1I"bor • • • • •• l31
.. .
• • • • •
• 386 ToM
• • • • •• 39
79%

- ''''101.Dt .'ri1re pbo tolll Not Obtained
• Including 1.VO not p!ll' t lo1p:lting in 1!Ii:JlJiOD.
I):lJlngcd • ..! • • • • • •
porcent of ;.1rcraft .'.irhorno
Cl'OI1 MomlJor Cllsual tioS. • • • • •
poroont of TOtal
SEC RET
. 1J2
• " 2851
49
. 3%
Ale
-
L.
Ii
• .!

6
I
Ale
.In-
BIWoE
2J
33
21
22
99
26
25
I 150 I
-..
AIRCRAFT
,
VHV,>tI r:"I,(g
500 ShL(JIiff ,(1!Joljlnv
03 1.:1 1SSV1330
", .... ll.l;1
PAR TIC I PAT I N G
MISSION--J,:l.
DArr;
19 February 1945
T1tah:. w TAKE OFF
TIME OF R£TURN
--, - , -
OllBlNG
Ale
I I
l'.hllOJlo'({ .:oJ!.(;Ci[l _
Bi..IUIL."l'G
L.Wr DATi F lRsr lAST
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T.v.
lllE b 2051
2101 Z
1.9 0
1106, ;
1224 z -
20 1
2212 z
• 2115
• 113
2 1300 Z -
27
3

2102
2114 Z •
1137 i
1221 Z -
L7 1

2042 . 2100 Z • 1127
1428 z
- 18
18 r b 2042
2212 19 F b 1106
llt2B z
-
82 I 5 I
18 _, b 2150 2204 19 1 b 1117 1342 -
18
4
• 2135
2206 •
11]0 1343 -
19 3
2135
2206 19 b 1117 1343 - 37 7
III >i>b 2042 . 2212 19 b 1106 1428 -
119 12
d 4 plnn08 and crom! furnished by 6 BC and 9BG respeetiVtlly.
!. 1 Ale drop on right nng ,:' 1 engine.
1 Ale cal1bra tion parte on turbo-suporchorsor set far minimum power.
• __ I(J eQ81..De .

7CIW. TOI'Al.
A!e "Ie
II U.,_

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21 2
30 3
18
3
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22 4
22
3
44
7
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KJUH:t
__ _
BRF.AKDC7NN OF All. AIRCRAFT FAILING TO BCiIB PRIMARY TARGET
DATE )9 February 1941)
_ - I
Bcmbe4 I BomED
1 b
3 d
II
1 e
5_ I
1 I
-
I
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3!
1 0 - -
3
1
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-
8 2
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----.
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011 leak.
1 leak. Ml1nteMnce personnel .rror
....... _Wok. 114 oowl flaps inoper ative .
oil 1Mk. 150 RJIII drop laft 1Nl6.
--- W. atl4tar8llt.
J
Non _
B:bed I BOt.mEn
1_ Bomb.ed
I BCMlED 1_ Non ..
I
Bombed I
'<>OED
eotiTe eoo I
20
27
17
17
-
I
81
18
-
19
- 37
-
118£

NO
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4
-

4 £
1 h
13:
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-
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1
3
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1
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2
1 -
2
stuck.
!!! Bullet holos ri;ht inboard uing , bomb:lrC:Ucr injuro
d

n 1 Ale /11 and ;"#4 pressure controls - t oo much resistance.
1 Ale mocho.nical fniluro . r eason unlcnann .
1 Ale ;'(2 and ii3 cylinder hood tamp flucuatos , #4 prop ran atmy.
£ combat crow porsonno l error .
2 Roturning sparos- as briefed .
r \Von thor condi tiono preventod visual bombing of prim::.ry tarGot •

Earliest I
III 0624 z
4
0603 Z
19 0611 Z
3 0557 z
119
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t .. koj.l ...
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l..r.r lTUDE OF RF.l..Ji'.nSE 1
.La test Lowest 1 Highest I
29
2
50 I
30000 I
20000
26500
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0609 lIl500
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0615 Z 26.500 27600
0606 'Z 25000 27.500
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R&D Range
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C-l l.):lnual
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1 1
2 2 16 1 6 1 26
2 1 • 3
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1 ,.
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2
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D I y 0 I T IO N OF BOIdaS
Lth.Dill ON AIR_
CN T.....rlGr.%
._-- -
.L!vrlilC .. IIi CRI.FT
Ton'
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"'one ·0
,
299 74 .8 -
-
259 64.8
33
8. 2
- -
23 5 . 7
429
107. 2
- - 345
86 . 2
271 67. 8
- -
196 49.0
289 72. 2
-
- 217 54. 2
. 0
23 5.7
107 . 2
345
86 . 2
65. 0 180
45. 0
62.5
190 47 .5
510 127.5
370 92 .5
859 214. 8
672 166.0
510
127.5
370 9
2
.5
33 8. 2
23 5 .7
429 101. 2
345
86 . 2
1410 1352.4
• •
13
3
39
13
26
3
39
40
25
65
26
65
3
39
133
MlSSl£tl
37
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I
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Ua.",m"N
3 . 2 27 6.8
. 7 2
.5
5 1.3
9. 8 28 7.0 17 4.2
3.3 49 12.2
13
3.3
53 13·3 6 1.5 13
3· 2
6.5 129
32·3 6 1.5 26
6.5
. 7 2 ;5
9.8 28 7.0
10. 0 40 10 . 0
6. 2
35
8.8
16 . 2 75 I 18. 8
6.5 129 32.3 6
1'.5
126 I 6.5
16 . 2
75
18 . 8
. 7 2 .5 5 1.3
9. 8 28 7. 0 17 4· 2
33 . 2 234
58.6 28 7. 0 / 26 6.5
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37
DATE
19 February 1945
OPfOS1TluN ANJ) AlI,MUiUT10N EXl'J::NDlTUrlES
EN.eJ4Y Ale DESl'HO'iED &: DAMAGED
II
AI,!lI1JNITION EXPENDITURES
EfA I H,t'.l!. ON
DES-
WODEL
TROYED
14
12
-
1 - - - - 19355 7500 26855
74
74
3
4 4 -
- - 9309 - 9309
60 169
17
e II -
- - 23230 7500 30730
100
221
10
6 9 - - - 37310 12000 49310
100 476
30 13 2. - - - 89204 27000 116204
2O-2S
28
2 2
5 - - - 23477 - 23477
70
66 7
1
9 -
- - 33477 - 33477
94
9 3 14 -
-
-
5
6
954
- 56954
570 39
16 38
-
- -
146158 27000 173158
9 5 5
9 - 5
5
2
5
6
3 7
6
-
10
1
-
1 2
-
3
1
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3

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.. 62 .... _ .. .. - 6367
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" 1t 3 3 3 - - 1 - 4 3 246 - 22 8 30
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12 2 _ _ _ - 313 293 I _ - 2 I 2
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" " " 5 20 2 _ 1 _ _ 4 24
559
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_ • 1 I 6 1114 131 ;--;- - -: - 11 42 166:T - 39 10 49
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----- l./O .. prt:e4 on bardBtand ani nils deatroyed nhon n bOttle dnmlge .\le croshed into it on cr(l.sh landing •
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1u6e4 into. parked .JO on return •
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1 116
1>00 1.05 1 .03 1 : 0S
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, .. : 40
I , 57
I . 58 I '45
.i.Yg. FlylDg Iiae
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Ayg. Di.tance Flown CNautIca l
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.... ra&'"
434S
4320 4505 4491 4400
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4713
4676 4814 11 743 4814
l,unlmum
3845
4000 4163
4200 3845
Cc.!lSlZled From Torget to Base ,
eWe iithOtolt l:o.ltunction)
(19)
( 25 ) (14 ) (15)
( 73)
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2119
2340 2066 2105 2162

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2496 2212 22S5 2230 2498
Minimum
16 44 1853 1908 1668 181.4-

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( 2) (2) ( 2) (5)
.. v6rnge
2145 2210 2435 2263
Q .£ 7-
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':'Tertloge 6164 6368 6594 6596
6486
Ilc.xi.cum 7152 6967 5966 6919
7152
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fuel Remaining:
..,.ver o.ge
909 1026 806 804 906
Llaximum
-
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ldlnimum

433 40'
481 2'"
Average Fuel Consumed
441.8 434.7
444 , 9 431.7 437.7
Par Hour
.... verc.ge Gals . Fuel Consumed
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2. 21
Per )., lle
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7152
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5810
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1,.6 1488
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PST Hour
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a. Friendly
(1) Air
!2..- _INDIZ NO, •
XXI BCUBlI OOOIWIII
""All
1100 12 February 194'
( a) eTr 93 w111 provide a ir defense of t he operating
bases.
( b) Dumbo Service: To follow.
(2) Naval
( a) Lif eguard Submarine; To follo'",.
(b) Destroye r: To follow.
b. Enemy
(1) Aircraft: is estimated to be approximateLy 317
e nemy fighter air craft 1n t he vicinity of the target .
'.
(2) Anti _Aircraf t: Ther e ar e 34 heavy AA gun s in immediate
vicinity of t9.rge t. ApprOXimate ly 51 heavy AA guns a re
within r ange of Ale on planned route of There
e r e a ppr oximately 202 heavy AA guns wi thin 12 mile radius
of t ar ge t .
2 . Decis i on : The XXI Comma nd will attack targets deSignated
be 10\" on "D" Day.
3 . Instructi ons to Units:
a. 73rd 'j11 ng Objactive s:
i' rlmary Target
Ai mi ng r'oi nt
90.17 - 357
035066
Force Reguired
8 Squadrons
Aiming po int reference on XXI Bomber Command Li tho i.jos iac
No . SO.17 _ 357 .
S8con dary Target
'Jt ing Hou as
P. and U. area
Ai mi ng Po int
35
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41
1
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1:59
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48
1
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Last Resort: Any industrial city.
b . 313th Wi ng Ob jectives:
Target
90 .17 _ 357
Aiming Point
035086
Force Re quired
4 Squadr ons
poi nt reference on XXI Bomber Command Litho Mosiac
No, 90.17 _ 357
Target Aiming Po int
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'arB" .111 be attacked by v18ual bombing method
it po .. lble and t.he secondary t,araet. by radar banbi.ng
.. t.bod It nec •• sary.
Axis and altit.ude ot at.tack:
altitude of 2 5 tOOO teet.
88 degrees ture at. a base
(3) Time centrol: The firot combat group of' the 73rd 'iiing
.111 leave the det>arturc !Joint at II Dn Hour. The first
cO:1'lba t of t.he 3l3th Wing 'Rill leave the dep a rture
point at approximately "0" Hour plus 45 minutes.
Route :
73rd and 313th Wings.
--
14400E (Depart.ure f oint)
_ 13715E
_ 13737E
_ 13e34E( I P)
3:=53N - 13940E
3500N
14300£
280eN - 14 500£
SASE
(1 )
(2 )
"Il' Hour and "0" Day:
To follow.
Bomb Load:
(a) 73rd ':; ing: A maximum load will be carried, con-
sistent with safety . ability of the individual crew
and known characteristics of the individual A/C .
S Squadrons will carry 500 Lb GP bombs fuse d 0 .1
se c nose and 0.25 sec tail fuse.
:$ Squadrons will carry M_l7_Al incendiary clusters
fused to open t.,OOO f e et abova the tar get.
(b) 3 13th Vling: 4 Squadrons will carry 500 l b GP bombs
fused 0,1 sec nose and 0.25 sec tail fuse.
(3) Intervalometer Sett ing: Minimum,
(4 )
Bomb ing Instructions: Correction for range a rr or due to
ditferenti&l ballistic winds will be se t into bombsight ,
Adjustment will be mude in orde r that the f4? I of the
train of bombs '>"Iill hit the aiming po int.
Sup .... ly and Administrati on:
a, Emergency Landing Fields
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",. .-r .111 be 4.s1lnated to stand- by on channel
YIP tor ;oe.tble surt.oe oratt to Ale calls. Shackle
aatIIenUoaU_ .t11 be ueed on thh channel. Ale will not
_11 ... t ... oratt.. Dragon _111 be used a8 universal voice
... 11 \0 wt \J'S'. AlC. Any Ale reoeiving trans mission on
C'banDel -ill .Ul upon oompletion ot call . switch to Channel
•• aDd .-...der report to Squaclron Leader .
o. Fly. \.0 alx Rei: observers with following search gear will be
req1l1red of each "lng a8 )e r regulation XXI Bom Com 100-47.
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Three to tour AN/A.,?R·· 4.
Tbroe to tour ABIA?A- 6.
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to ho ANI AflFi-5
(5)
One to two .. 2
rroc£dur e : Search for
and short ?ulse width.
to ground channels.
GL end Gel enemy radar wi th high ? H'
Search for enemy air to air and air
LEMAY
COM GEN XXI I3a.l COM
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\be 3U5\h .,ina _111 leave the departure
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..... ,.........,Il a D \0 read:
D. Rogt..: ?Srd and 313th
ea ..
170<11' .. 14515E
2500N _ 14230E
871SN - 14055E (Departure Point)

.. 13737£
418 - 13737E
5<111 - 13834E ( IP)
Target

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3500N .. 14300B
2800II .. 14500E
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Chano- Force Requi red to read: £axl mum Effort .
raraoraph 3b
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paragraph 3d to r ead.:
D Routes Base
170OJ: - 14515&
2500!1 - 14230E
271SN - 14053E (oaparture [Jo int)
2930N - 13737£
3447:1 - 13737E
3540lj - 13834E (IF)
Tar cet
S553U - 13940E
3540N - 14035E
260DN - 14500E
Bnse
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(2)
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Bomb Load :
73r d l'i lnS : A max i mum load will be carried , con-
s l st.ent. with safe t y . ability of the individual
creYI and known chnrdcteriStics of the i nd i viduil l
ale.
6og: of the squadron \Y ill c orry 500 Lb GP bombs
t used 0 .1 sec noaa and 0 . 025 tai l fuse.
of the squadr on will carry l,i - 17- Al incendiary
c u .. ters l useil t o open 5 , 000 fee t above thc tarbet.
313th \'/1 ng: All aircraft '.I ill carry 500 Lb G?
0. 1 3ec nose 0 . 025 sec tail fuse .
LEMAY
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2SOCJ11 - 1430011
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2900II - 1373711
,44711 - 1373711
n- - 13S,4E Up)
Tarset
n53N - 13940E
'54011 - 140'5E
260011 - 14500E
Base
} X (1) to read:
(1) nD" _ Hour and "DlI Day: 12,OK 19 February 1945
Add to paragrapb 3 X
(5) Flight plans will be made in order that formation
caD clear 10.000 ft cloud top expected 3l00N on course.
Add to paragraph 5
(n) IFF will be turned off when within 300 miles of the
EI:lpire on route out and turn on upon leaving tbe Empire in
route back.
LEMAY

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COM. GEN XXI BOM CMD
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Cbier 01 St.rr. XXI Baaber CcmaDd
Dopaty cis. 0pD8, XXI Bomber
Deputy c/s. Sup' &: .int, XXI Bombor COlIID&nd
Alc or s. A-2. XXI BClllber COIIIIIud
c..-nd.in& General . Air Foroes , Attention: Ae/AS
Intolligence
COIIIIII.ncier III Chiof. paoifio Ocean Are&a (Adv 8q)
ComaAllder III Chief . paoifio Oooan Areas (Rear
Chiot of Naval OperatiOll8 , OP-16-v
Joint Intelligenoe Centor , Paoifio Coean Areas
Commander Air Foroe , Paoifie Fleet
Commalldor, Fifth Fleet
Commander, First Carrier Task Forea
Com=ander. Forward Area
Commanding Gonoral, U. S. Army Foroes in Far East
Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific OooaD Area
General. Allied Air Forcos, Southwest Pacifio
Area
CO!IIlIIUlding General, Far Eastern Air Foroes
Commanding Genoral . U.S. Strategic Air Foroes In Europe
COQD8nding General, Eighth Air Foroe
Commanding Genoral, 1Iedltorro.noo.n Allied Air Foroes
CeDOral , Fifteenth Air Foree
General , Sevonth Ai r Force
Comt::andi!l£; Gonero.l, VII Bomber Comnnnd
Commandin& General , VII Fighter Coinme.nd
Commnnding Genoro.l , Elovonth Air Force
COlI\IIIlnding Gonoro.l, XX BOIIIbor COlllll\D.nd
Commanding Goneral , 58th Bombardment Wing
Commnndint; General , 7.3rd Bombardmont IVing
Cmnmanding Gonoral, 313th Bombardment Wing
Commanding Genoral, .3l4th Bombardment Wing
Conrnandlng Gonor al , 3l5th Bombnrdment IHng (Adv Hq,)
Conunandlng Officor. 3rd Photo Rocon Squadr on
Commanding Offioer, .3.3rd Statistioal control unit
Chemical Offioer, XXI BombDr Command
& Tra1ning Scot ion, A • .3 , XXI Bomber Command
Ordnance Offioer , XXI Bomber Command
Historical Offioer , XXI Bomber commend
COIDJIIanding Gonersl, Army Air Forons' , Attention;, AC/AS
Inte lligoQOe , Collection Division
Commanding Offtoer, 6th Group (VH)
Commanding Offioor, 9th Bomb Group (VH)
Comman4ing Ofrioer, 19th Bomb Group (VH)
CommandinG Officor, 29th 80mb Group (VH)
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