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July 15, 1945
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SUNDAY, 15 JULY 1945

CENTRAL PACIFIC (Twentieth Air Force): During the night of 15/16 Jul, 1 mining and 1 bombing mission are flown without loss. Mission 269: 26 B-29s mine waters at Naoetsu and Niigata, and Najin, Pusan, and Wonsan; 1 other mines an alternate target. Mission 270: 59 B-29s bomb the Nippon Oil Company at Kudamatsu and the facility is almost completely destroyed; 3 others hit alternate targets. 104 P-51s from Iwo Jima attack airfields and other tactical targets at Meiji Airfield, Kagamigahara Airfield, Kowa Airfield, Akenogahara Airfield, Nagoya and Suzuko claiming 13-4-20 aircraft in the air and on the ground; 3 P-51s are lost. B-29 Superfortress bombers bomb Sapporo midday for the second time.

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater) Fourteenth Air Force: 3 B-25s blast truck convoys moving through the Siang Chiang Valley of China. 39 P-51s and P-47s attack rivercraft, troops, coastal shipping, bridges, railroad yards, gun positions, trains, and other targets around the Luichow Peninsula, Anyang, Yutze, Sinsiang, Fentingtukou, Paoching, Tanchuk and Kweiyi, China, and Pac Muong and Haiphong.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb an arms plant at Canton. On Formosa, P-51s sweep the west coast, blasting a warehouse and other buildings south of Takao and targets of opportunity on Hoko Island. On Luzon, P-38s and P-51s support ground forces in the N Cayagan Valley, in the Kiangan sector, and in the Cervantes area and B-25s and P-51s bomb defensive positions in the Infanta sector. 58 B-24s hit airfields at Tomitaka and Usa on Kyushu. 25 B-24s pound Kikaiga-shima, Miranoura on Yaku-shima, Osumi Islands, and an airfield on Tamega Island. The 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, moves from Morotai to Dulag with C-46s and C-47s.

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