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This was a night mining mission involving 26 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 282


Date: 23/24 July 1945
Target:Shimonoseki Straits
Participating Units: 313th BW
Number of A/C Airborne: 29
% A/C Bombing Primary:79.31% (23 Primary and 3 Alternate)
Type of Mines and Settings:1,000 lb. and 2,000 lb. mines with various settings.
Tons of Mines Dropped:156 on Primary and 21 on Alternate
Time Over Primary:240137K - 240257K
Altitude of Attack:7,600 - 8,300
Weather Over Target:3/10 - 10/10
Total A/C Lost:1
Resume of Mission:All mines dropped were believed to be effective. Some A/C staged at Iwo Jima. Three A/C were non- effective. Meager and inaccurate flak reported in Shimonoseki Straits area. Three E/A sighted did not attack. Eleven crew members picked up approximately 15 miles from Saipan. A/C lost due to lack of fuel and mechanical malfunction. One RCM A/C and 1 Super-Dumbo not included in above totals. Eleven B-29s landed at Iwo Jima. Average mine load: 13,332 lbs. Average fuel reserve: 609 gallons.