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This was a daylight tactical support mission involving 10 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

During April, eight such tactical missions were flown with an average attacking force of twelve B-29’s.  Kanoya East Airfield was hit four times – on the 8, 17, 21 and 22 of April.


[Pirate’s Log, p. 38]


20th AF Mission 73


Date: 17 April 1945
Code Name:Famish #2
Target: Kanoya East A/F - Target 90.38-2516
Participating Units: 313th Bombardment Wing
Number of A/C Airborne: 21
% A/C Bombing Primary:95% (20 primary and 1 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
Time Over Primary:171547K - 171550K
Altitude of Attack:16,000 - 17,300
Weather Over Target:Clear, light ground haze, air-ground visibility 10-12 miles
Total A/C Lost:0
Resume of Mission:Bombing results good - see mission 77 for details. 1 A/C bombed Miyazaki. Enemy air opposition nil. AA heavy, meager and inaccurate. Average bomb load 11,780 lbs. Average gas reserve 949 gallons.