18-19 May 1945
There's a dream boat just leaving from Guam,
Bound for the empire to bomb.
This isn't the first time; they've been there before.
They know what they're going to do.
did a burn job in Old Tokyo,
little parody by bombardier Tim Holt of the 62nd Squadron later
made the mission to Hammatsu one of the most famous of the group's
history. Perhaps the Hemmingwayesque verb used to describe the
results at the home of the Japan Musical Instrument Company isn't
the most genteel in the world, but it's expressive and seems to
cover the case when a formation of B-29s makes a radar run on
target from the land side and drops blind through 10/10ths clouds.
Anyway, the twenty-two aircraft that the 39th sent on this strike
came back with not a great deal more to show for their work than
one of the most rollicking songs that ever graced the group officer's
club on a Saturday night.
One on Nagoya, too.
They burned up Osaka and blew up Otake,
And f_ _ _ _ 'em up on Hamamatsu.