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Naval Arsenal (Day)

Mission Number: 46
Mission Date: 7 August 1945

A daylight formation attack with GP bombs likewise lent to the burning program on 7 August 1945. The target was the naval arsenal at Toyokawa, 37 miles southeast of Nagoya. The installation was Japan's number one producer of naval ammunition and one of the ten major naval arsenals in the empire. 12 aircraft from the group joined the attack.

If there had been any doubt of the weakness of the Nip air force this late in the game, the show of force they put on at Toyokawa show had dispelled it. No enemy fighters were even sighted. Flak damage at the target was meager, but one of our bombers sustained minor damaged.

Damage assessment was made from strike photos, and the Twentieth Air Force characterized the results as good to excellent.

(Mission 317) One hundred twenty-four B-29's escorted by VII FC fighters, bomb the naval arsenal at Toyokawa. One B-29 is lost
Mission 317 - statement comes from "Air War Pacific Chronology: America's Air War Against Japan in East Asia and the Pacific 1941-1945" by Eric Hammel, (Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Press, 1988, ISBN 0-935553-26-6)

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Source: Group Mission # 46 account from "History of the 39th Bomb Group" by Robert Laird, (crew 5) and David Smith (crew 31)
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