29 May 1945
On the 39th Bomb Group's twenty-third combat mission against
Japan, it teamed up with the other units of the XXI Bomber Command
to burn out the great industrial suburb of Tokyo. Of the thirty-one
planes we sent out, only twenty-five bombed the primary target,
but they aided in weakening plenty of destruction.
and fighters didn't offer too much opposition, but the continual
danger from the thermals was particularly rough.
damage to Yokohama resulting from the Bomber Command attacked
of 29 May made it one of the most destructive strikes of the
entire Pacific war. On the single mission, 6.9 square miles
of teaming city were burned out, representing 34 percent of
the metropolis. Industrial damage included twenty numbered targets
either hit hard or completely wiped out. Total damage to Yokohama
after that date was estimated at 44 percent of the entire city.
General Order # 13 Section V dated 23 January 1946 issued by Headquaters,
20th Air Force the 39th Bomb Group was awarded their 2nd
Distingushed Unit Citation for these mission.