(Mission 26) Sixty-nine B-29's of the 110 dispatched from the 73rd and 313th BW's attack the Kobe urban area; and 30 B-29's attack targets of opportunity and last resort including 15 hitting Natsusaka. This is the first mission over Japan by groups of the 313th BW (30 B-29's from the 504th and 505th BG's). Almost 200 attacking fighters down one B-29 and damage 35 others. One other B-29 crashes on landing at Saipan. B-29's claim 4-20-39 Japanese aircraft.
The two B-29's lost were from:
42-24608 T3 498th BG Stendahl crew; crashed on Saipan due to battle damage, crew survived. 42-24629 T9 498th BG "Devil's Darlin" was not lost over target, ditched, Aircraft commander Malone was lost after ditching; the rest of the crew survived.
10 FEBRUARY 1945
(Mission 29) Eighty-four of 118 B-29's dispatched from the 73rd and 313th BW's attack the Nakajima aircraft plant at Ota and 14 attack other targets. Gunners claim 21-15-26 Japanese aircraft. Eleven of the 12 B-29's lost on the mission succumb to operational accidents and mechanical failures.