Date: 22 June 1945
strikes on 22 June and 25-26 June, one to Tamashima and the
other to Nagoya interrupted the burning of the smaller towns.
After that it was back to the long series of attacks on these
smaller urban areas - a strategy that would continue until the
end of the war.
Tamashima strike was in connection with the plan to knock out
certain high priority targets that were vital to the enemy's
war effort. A unit of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, manufacturing
Bettys, was located in the town, which lay approximately half
way between Kure and Kobe. Along with the other Groups of the
314th Wing, the 39th Bomb Group sent twenty-five B-29s against
this target. Meager and inaccurate anti-aircraft fire from enemy
ground batteries were helped little by the presence of fourteen
Japanese fighters in the area even though the weather was clear.
of the bombing were good. 86% of the plant roof area was destroyed
or damaged with about 25% of the plant being demolished completely.
Likewise, several aircraft were hit on the ground.