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This was a daylight precision bombing mission involving 19 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

The next bombing mission was another attack on Truk – the airfield on Moen Island.  Nineteen aircraft with 500-lb general purpose bombs completed the mission, however results were poor, as disclosed by strike photographs.


[Pirate’s Log, p. 29]



20th Af Mission 36


Date: 18 February 1945
Code Name:Panhandle #5
Target:Truk Airfields One and Two
Participating Units: 313th Bombardment Wing
Number of A/C Airborne: 36
% A/C Bombing Primary:100%
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:
Tons of Bombs Dropped:
Time Over Primary:181227K - 181340K
Altitude of Attack: 24,000 - 25,900
Weather Over Target:1/10 - 4/10
Total A/C Lost:0
Resume of Mission:Bombing results poor. Slight cratering of runways. AA and enemy air opposition nil. Average bomb load 9492 lbs. Average gas reserve 1335 gallons.