On 15 June, 1944, we departed Hsinching, China, bombed the Imperial Iron and Steel Works, Yawata, Japan, and returned to Hsinching the following morning. Our crew flew one of the 20 aircraft of the 40th Group that formed the first B-29 strike against the Japanese homeland. The importance of that mission was sufficient to draw 11 general officers and numerous war correspondents to A-1. The VIPs witnessed the takeoff and landing of the B-29s. Not that the bombing results were that good.
But the Yawata mission was the beginning of the end for Japan. That made the mission one of the great historic events of WW II….Fountain Brown, Co-Pilot
Depart and follow your leader to intercept the bomber raid. Fire into the nose of a bomber then peel off to approach another from a safe angle.
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