19-20 June 1945
nobody knew on the fifteenth of June that the war would only
last another two months longer, the long series of missions
against minor Japanese industrial cities made many people think
that something was wrong in Japan. The relative lack of air
opposition, described by some as the "Mystery of the Missing
Jap Air Force" - coupled with the terrific punishment the enemy
was taking from the devastating fire raids seemed to presage
something. No one was ready to forecast an early end to the
war but still there were signs that couldn't be ignored.
second smaller urban area burned out with the help of the 39th
was Shizuoka, a trade center about eighty-five miles southwest
of Tokyo. Against little or no opposition, thirty-two planes
from the Group aided in wiping out 2.25 square miles of the
town or 66% of it.
of the Crew's lost on this mission was P-42, they collided with
a B-29 from the 29th Bomb Group.
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