Re: Nagoya Mission & Okashi
Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Chas. V. !!!
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In respose to your inquiry, I submit the following:
Using B-29s Superfortresses, the US increased the bombing of Japan starting in Nov. 44. At first only primary military objectives were targetted, navy bases, air fields, major factories etc.
Then they shifted to include civilian targets in March-45. These included raids on Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe and involved major industrial sites in those cites as the primary targets.
These were night raids involving highly incendiary bombs.Operations were expanded again in June-45 to include small and medium sized cities and factories.
These continued until very near the end of the war, 15 Aug 45. An estimated 700,000 to 750,000 people were killed or injured in these actions.
Your father's unit was part of the 313th. Bombardment Group, U.S.Air Force, which included the 398th, 421st and 680th Bomb Squadrons.
The unit was activated Dec-44, and operated from Esley Field, Saipan, under Curtis LeMay (I think).
It moved to North Field, Tinian, in Jan-45 under the command of of Brig. Gen. John D. Davies.
These raids on facilities at Nagoya are recorded in the unit's Order of Battle:
Night of 3-11/12-45; 3-19/2--45; 4-7-45;5-16-45.(None listed for 6-9-45)
In late March-45 it mined the harbor at Nagoya during low level missions.
I don't find anything on the mission to "Okashi", in fact, I don't even find the city listed in my excellent atlas. Osaka, maybe, which was bombed at least once, 3-13/14-45.
Please try this address for the referenced Order of Battle and other information on this unit and others:
Please let me know if you get through.
I hope this helps.
With my best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner.