Mission - Oita Airfields
The entire crew received a Certificate of Commendation
from Col. Carl R. Storrie for a mission on Oita Airfield
4 May 1945.
Colonel said, "The members of this B-29 crew merit the
Certificate of Commendation for their contribution to
the successful bombing attack of on Oita Airfield. They
are herewith presented this certificate and highly commended.
Their performance was largely responsible for the accurate
bombing of their entire unit and the success of the mission.
Their skill, devotion to duty and courage reflect great
credit on themselves and their organization, and is the
source of pride of to this headquarters."
following is an excerpt from the diary of Lt. Jennemann
on their seventh mission for the crew to Oita.
"We were alerted about noon on Thursday May 3. They had
pre-mission chow for us at 2100. Briefing was at 2200
and we had take off at 010. Major Carpenter rode in the
co-pilot's seat as Command Pilot. We flew at 7100 feet
most of the way. Our course doglegged to Iwo Jima and
them to our assembly point on the southeastern tip of
the Japanese home island of Shikoku.
was lead plane in the group and we assembled our squadron
at 17,500 feet. From there our group flew to the target,
the Oita Naval Air Base on the northeastern coast of the
island of Kyushu. The bombing run was made at 17,000 feet.
The bomb load was twenty general-purpose bombs. Time of
"bombs away" was 1006 Friday morning Guam time. WE
MADE A GOOD HIT ON TARGET.
before and after bomb release time, we had some fighter
inception, mostly twin-engine planes. There were 5 to
10 fighters and they made about 8 attacks on our formation.
We also saw a couple of bursts of flak. Our formation
had eleven planes, as did the 61st and 62nd Squadrons.
came back singly and landed at Guam with 580 gallons of
fuel at 1715, logging 15 hours, 45 minutes of Form One
Time. After interrogation we had a good supper.
Lt Jennemann was awarded the Purple
Heart for the 28 April mission to bomb Kushura Airfield
on the Kusha Island. The crew had a 50 minute running battle
with Zero's and Zeke's. Lt. Walker was credited with downing
2 Japanese planes and CFC Harley got one. Jennemann was
hit in the area of the left shoulder by a Jap bullet, which
bounced off of someone's flak suit.