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The mission listed below are taken from the
Record of Combat Duty of
Sgt Victor Durrance, TG

Date
Target
Combat
Flying Hrs
12 April 1945

Koriyama

18:40
14 April 1945 Tokyo
15:45
16 April 1945 Kawoski
15:10
21 April 1945 Kushira
15:00
26 April 1945 Kokubu
14:45
28 April 1945 Search Mission
18:15
04 May 1945 Saeki
17:20
11 May 1945 Fukae
17:00
14 May 1945 North Nagoya Urban Area - ditched
17:05
10 June 1945 Tokyo
15:05
18 June 1945 Kagoshima
14:45
Total Combat Flying Hrs
193:50

Crew 21 was awarded the following commendation from
The 314th Bomb Wing Commander
Courtesy of Jean Smith, widow of 1st Lt Ernest D. Smith, Jr., Radar Observer

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The above text reads:

"members of the B-29 Superfortress Crew of the

39th Bombardment Group

for their contribution to the successful bombing attack on

TOKYO

are herewith presented this certificate and strike photograph and are 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 a source of pride to this headquarters."

Signature
Carl R. Storrie
Colonel, Air Corps
Commanding


Additionally Crew 21 earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for this mission

61st Squadron Crew Index
Source: Information submitted by Vic Durrance, Tail Gunner, Crew 21; Jean Smith