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Combat Mission List

 

June 5, 1944 – Bangkok, Siam

2261 miles, 9 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet.  430, 500 lb. GP’s on target Results poor. First B-29 mission of the war.

 

June 15, 1944 Yawata, Japan

3182 miles… 11 aircraft hit primary target. Night mission at 8 – 18,000 feet… 96, 500 lb. GP’s on target Results were good… first American aircraft to strike the Japanese home islands since the Doolittle Raid.

 

July 7, 1944 Sasebo, Japan

3118 miles… 5 aircraft hit primary target. Night mission at 16 – 18,000 feet… 40, 500 lb. GP’s on target 40 flash bombs on target… results were good.

 

July 29, 1944 Taku, China

2661 miles… 15 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 20,000 feet… 114, 500 lb. GP’s on target. Results were good.

 

August 10, 1944 Palembang, Sumatra

3603 miles… 9 aircraft hit primary target. Night mission at 10 – 17,000 feet… 36, 500 lb. GP’s on target and 16 Photo Flash bombs on target. Results were unobserved.

 

August 10, 1944 Nagasaki, Japan

3120 miles… 7 aircraft hit primary target. Night mission at 18,000 feet… 85 incendiary, 20 fragmentation, and 3 Photo Flash bombs on target. Results were unobserved. Mission run in conjunction with the Palembang mission.

 

August 20, 1944 Yawata, Japan

3182 miles… 14 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 26,000 feet 93, 500 lb. GP’s on target. Results were fair.

 

September, 8, 1944 Anshan, Manchuria

2791 miles… 26 aircraft hit primary. Daylight mission at 24,000 feet… 252, 500 lb. GP’s on target. Results were good.

 

September 26, 1944 Anshan, Manchuria

2760 miles… 26 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 25,000 feet… 243 500 lb. GP’s on target. Results were unobserved.

 

October 14, 1944 Okayama, Formosa

2301 miles… 26 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 26,000 feet… 295 incendiary and 385 500 lb. GP’s on target… results were excellent.

 

October 16, 1944 Okayama, Formosa

2301 miles… 21 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 26,000 feet… 60 incendiary and 220 500 lb. GP’s on target… results were excellent.

 

October 25, 1944 Omura, Japan.

3081 miles… 18 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 25,000 feet… 76 incendiary and 159 500 lb. GP’s on target… results were good.

 

November 3, 1944 Rangoon, Burma

1502 miles… 10 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 22,000 feet… 440, 500 lb. GP’s on target…Results were excellent.

 

November 5, 1944 Singapore, Malay States

3752 miles… 13 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 22,000 feet… 40, 1000 lb. GP’s on target… Results were unobserved.

 

November 11, 1944 Omura, Japan

3081 miles…9 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet… 40 incendiary and 79, 500 lb. GPs on target… results were unobserved.

 

November 21, 1944 Omura, Japan

3081 miles… 27 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet. ..116 incendiary and 244, 500 lb. GPs on target… results were unobserved.

 

November 27, 1944 Bangkok, Siam

2261 miles… 14 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 22,500 feet… 444, 500 lb. GPs on target… results were excellent.

 

December 7, 1944 Mukden, Manchuria

2710 miles… 21 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 22,300 feet… 98 incendiary and 194, 500 lb. GPs on target. ..results were poor.

 

December 14, 1944 Bangkok, Siam

2261 miles… 11 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 20,000 feet… 126 1,000 Ib. GPs on target… results were excellent.

 

December 18, 1944 Hangkow, China

1382 miles… 24 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 22,000 feet… 704 incendiary bombs on target… results were excellent.

 

December 19, 1944 Omura, Japan

3081 miles… 10 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet… 26 incendiary and 26, 500 lb. GPs on target… results were unobserved.

 

December 21, 1944 Mukden, Manchuria

2710 miles… 10 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet… 64 incendiary and 75 500 lb. GPs on target… results were poor.

 

January 2, 1945 Bangkok, Siam

2261 miles… 12 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 20,000 feet… 96 1,000 lb. GPs on target… results were excellent.

 

January 6, 1945 Omura, Japan

3081 miles… 10 aircraft hit primary… target. Daylight mission at 25,000 feet… 61 incendiary and 55, 500 lb.

 

January 9, 1945 Keelung, Formosa

2406 miles… 10 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 25,000 feet… 147 incendiary and 145, 500 lb. GPs on target… results were unobserved.

 

January 11, 1945 Singapore, Malay States

3624 miles… 5 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 21,000 feet… 10, 1000 lb. GPs on target… results were fair.

 

January 14, 1945 Kagi, Formosa

2321 miles… 20 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 24,000 feet… 548, 500 lb. GPs on target…results were excellent.

 

January 17, 1945 Shinchiku, Formosa

2212 miles… 21 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 25,000 feet… 200 incendiary and 398, 500 lb. GPs on target… results were fair.

 

January 25, 1945 Singapore, Malay States

3878 miles. ..17 aircraft hit primary target. Night mission at 4-5,000 feet… 101 aerial mines on target… results were excellent.

 

February 1, 1945 Singapore, Malay States

3,722 miles. ..18 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 21,000 feet… 99, 1000 lb. GPs on target… results were poor.

 

February 7, 1945 Saigon, Indo-China

3121 miles…31 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 21,000 feet…629 incendiary bombs on target… results were unobserved.

 

February 11, 1945 Rangoon, Burma

1419 miles… 15 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 19,000 feet… 1058 fragmentation bombs on target… results were good.

 

February 19, 1945 Kuala-Lumpur, Maylay States

3362 miles… 27 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 11,500 feet… 162, 1000 lb. GP’s on target…results were excellent.

 

February 24, 1945 Singapore, Maylay States

3769 miles…29 aircraft hit primary target.. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet…225 incendiary bombs on target… results were fair.

 

February 27, 1945 Johore Straits, Maylay States

3841 miles…10 aircraft hit primary target. Night mission at 4,000 feet…55 aerial mines on target…Results were excellent.

 

March 2, 1945 Singapore, Maylay States

3762 miles… 16 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,200 feet…125, 500 lb. GP’s on target… Results were excellent.

 

March 12, 1945 Bukum Island, Maylay States

3786 miles… 16 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 23,000 feet…42 incendiary and 146, 500 lb. GP’s on target… Results were fair.

 

March 17, 1945 Rangoon, Burma

1499 miles… 21 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 30,500 feet… 818 incendiary bombs on target… results were excellent.

 

March 22, 1945 Rangoon, Burma

1499 miles…13 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission 28,300 feet… 390, 500 lb. GP’s on target… Results were poor.

 

March 28, 1945 Singapore, Maylay States

3821 miles…19 aircraft hit primary target. Daylight mission at 4-6,000 feet… 125 aerial mines on target… Results were excellent.

 

May 10, 1945 Oshima,  Japan

3220 miles, 20 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 17,000 feet.  430, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were excellent. - First mission from Tinian for the 444th BG.

 

May 11, 1945 Kobe,  Japan

3038 miles,  12 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 16,000 feet.  244, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were 39% of target area destroyed.

 

May 14, 1945 Nagoya,  Japan

3059 miles,  28 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 17,000 feet.  581 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were fair.

 

May 16, 1945 Nagoya,  Japan

3092 miles,  27 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 13,600 feet.  852 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were 13.7% new damage.

 

May 19, 1945 Hammamatsu,  Japan

3050 miles,  16 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 19-26,000 feet.  336, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were poor.

 

May 23, 1945 Tokyo,  Japan

3058 miles,  32 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 8,000 feet.  1149 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were excellent.

 

May 25, 1945 Tokyo,  Japan

3068 miles,  30 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 8,000 feet.  968 incendiary bombs & clusters on target.  Results were 22 square miles burned out from the two Tokyo missions.

 

May 29, 1945 Yokohama,  Japan

3049 miles,  26 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight missin at 19,000 feet.  636 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were 34% destroyed.

 

June 1, 1945 Osaka,  Japan

3071 miles,  18 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 22,000 feet.  21 fragmentation bombs,  and 609 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were poor.

 

June 5, 1945 Kobe,  Japan

3081 miles,  22 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 16,000 feet.  25 fragmentation bobs,  and 4355 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were 28% destroyed.

 

June 7, 1945 Osaka,  Japan

3071 miles,  21 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 20,000 feet.  24 fragmentation bombs,  and 601 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were unobserved.

 

June 9, 1945 Osaka,  Japan

3038 miles,  28 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 19,000 feet.  347, 1000 lb. GP's on target.  Results were 78% of aircraft factory destroyed.

 

June 15, 1945 Osaka,  Japan

3050 miles,  18 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 18,000 feet.  4248 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were unobserved.

 

June 17, 1945 Omura,  Japan

3297 miles,  33 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 7,000 feet.  1191 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were fair.

 

June 19, 1945 Toyohashi,  Japan

2970 miles,  34 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 7,800 feet.  6177 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 52% of target destroyed.

 

June 22, 1945 Himeji,  Japan

3038 miles,  30 aircraft hit primary target.  808, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were 96.1% of target destroyed.

 

June 26, 1945 Kagamigahara,  Japan

3120 miles,  19 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 15,500 feet 1067, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were 35% of target destroyed.

 

June 28, 1945 Okayama,  Japan

3148 miles,  35 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 11,000 feet.  6362 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 63% of target destroyed.

 

July 1, 1945 Kure,  Japan

3184 miles,  33 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 10,000 feet.  1503 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 64% of target destroyed.

 

July 3, 1945 Takamatsu,  Japan

3158 miles,  28 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 10,000 feet.  4906 incendiary an 33, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were 78% of target destroyed.

 

July 6, 1945 Chiba,  Japan

3032 miles,  30 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 10,000 feet.  40 fragmentation an 1157 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 43.4% of target destroyed.

 

July 9, 1945 Sendal,  Japan

3344 miles,  31 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 10,000 feet.  4 photo-flash and 1101 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 27.8% of target destroyed.

 

July 12, 1945 Utsonomiya,  Japan

3210 miles,  29 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 13,800 feet.  5219 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 32% of target destroyed.

 

July 16, 1945 Numazu,  Japan

3418 miles,  31 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 10,800 feet.  1199 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were 89.5% of target destroyed.

 

July 19, 1945 Fukui,  Japan

3190 miles,  31 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 12,800 feet.  5681 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were unobserved.

 

July 24, 1945 Osaka,  Japan

3198 miles,  43 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 19,500 feet.  115, 4000 lb. bombs on target.  Results were 85% of target destroyed.

 

July 28, 1945 Tsu,  Japan

2980 miles,  39 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 10,800 feet.  1148 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were unobserved.

 

August 1, 1945 Hachioji,  Japan

3053 miles,  40 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 15,000 feet.  3150 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were unobserved.

 

August 5, 1945 Imabari,  Japan

3118 miles,  30 aircraft hit primary target.  Night mission at 12,000 feet.  1202 incendiary bombs on target.  Results were unobserved due to smoke over the target.

 

August 7, 1945 Toyokawa,  Japan

3021 miles,  17 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 20,000 feet.  271, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were unobserved.

 

August 8, 1945 Yawata,  Japan

3417 miles,  29 aircraft hit primary target.  Daylight mission at 20,000 feet.  681 incendiary clusters on target.  Results were unobserved due to smoke.

 

August 14, 1945 Hikari,  Japan

3196 miles,  37 aircraft hit primary target.  902, 500 lb. GP's on target.  Results were 95% of bombs within 1,000 feet of the target.  Recorded as the most successful precision bombing mission of WWII.

 

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