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This was a night mining mission involving 31 planes from the 6th Bomb Group:

Other missions flown in this period were * * * to the Jap ports of Fushiki, Nanao and Niigata.  * * *


[Pirate’s Log, p. 49]


20th AF Mission 268


Date: 13/14 July 1945
Target:Shimonoseki Straits
Participating Units: 313th BW
Number of A/C Airborne: 31
% A/C Bombing Primary:96.77% (30 Primary and 1 Alternate)
Type of Bombs and Fuzes:MK 26-36 (1000lb)
MK 25 (2000lb mines with various settings.)
Tons of Bombs Dropped:199 tons on Primary and 1 ton Alternate
Time Over Primary:140012K - 140327K
Altitude of Attack:6,900 - 8,600
Weather Over Target:0/10 - 10/10
Total A/C Lost:0
Resume of Mission:It was estimated that of the 254 mines dropped, 249 were effective. Flak was meager, moderate, and inaccurate. Mine laying was by radar. Nine E/A sighted made 1 attack. One RCM A/C was also airborne. Eighteen A/C landed at Iwo Jima. Average bomb load: 13,211 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 561 gallons.