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This was a daylight tactical support mission involving 18 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

During April, eight such tactical missions were flown with an average attacking force of twelve B-29’s.  * * * Matsuyama Airfield was bombed once – on the 26th.


[Pirate’s Log, p. 38]


20th AF Mission 101


Date: 26 April 1945
Target:Matsuyama A/F (primary visual) 90.13-2777 and Imabari A/F (primary radar)
Participating Units: 313th Bombardment Wing
Number of A/C Airborne: 37
% A/C Bombing Primary:40.5% (15 bombed Imabari A/F and 16 Opportunity)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
Time Over Primary:260947K - 261032K
Altitude of Attack:22,800 - 26,615
Weather Over Target:30/10
Total A/C Lost:0
Resume of Mission:Bombing results unobserved 3/10 clouds. Enemy air opposition and AA nil. Average bomb load 10,210 lbs. Average gas reserve 1074 gallons.