WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY 1945
Twentieth Air Force: During the night of 25/26 Jul, 106 B-29s fly 1 bombing
and 1 mining mission; 1 B-29 is lost. Mission 291: 75 B-29s attack the Mitsubishi
Oil Company and Hayama Petroleum Company at Kawasaki destroying 33% of the storage
tanks units and other facilities; 1 B-29 hits an alternate target. Lost is B-29 "Maniuwa" 42-63678. Mission 292: 29 B-29s mine
the waters at Nanao, Fushiki, Obama Island, Tsuruga, and Seishin, Japan, and Pusan; 1 other mines an alternate target. Lost is B-17H 42-3882 (MIA).
Fourteenth Air Force: 10 B-25s and 3 P-38s knock out bridges at Tho Linh and
Quang Tri, French Indochina and damage a barge and a river steamer in the Wuchou,
China area. 30 P-51s and P-38s attack river, road, and rail traffic, railroad
yards, and other targets in the areas of Duc Tho, Bac Ninh, Vinh, and Hanoi and Kukong, Samshui, Wuchou, and the West River, China. The
71st Liaison Squadron, Fourteen AF [attached to XIV AF Tactical Air Command
(Provisional)], arrives at Kunming from Piardoba with UC-64s,
L-1s, L-4s and L-5s.
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: B-24s bomb Pontianak Airfield and Kuching Airfield while B-25s and fighters attack a dispersal area in the Jesselton Airfield area. B-24s pound enemy troops on Negros Island and B-25s
bomb Itu Aba Island, China. B-24s bomb Kikaiga-shima and the town of Tsuiki. Unit moves from Luzon: HQ 38th Bombardment Group
(Medium) and 71st Bombardment Squadron (Medium) from Lingayen Airfield to Okinawa with
B-25s; HQ 345th Bombardment Group (Medium) from Clark
Field, to Ie Shima.
USN: Lost is F6F Hellcat 77934 (POW).