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IN DALLAS, TEXAS
Top Row: John Hill, Jim Webb, Chic Cheider,
Henry Snow, Bernie Greene and Sam Laneve
Bottom Row: Dave Smith, Edgar Tuttle,
Jack Tate, Robert Stott and Richard Wachs
Crew 31 positioned in respective positions from cutaway view
of B-29 Superfortress
Henry W. Snow Jr.
Samuel C. Laneve
James L. Webb
Bernard P. Greene
Clarence W. Beevers
Richard A. Wachs
John T. Hill
Central Fire Control Gunner
Edgar E. Tuttle
Left Blister Gunner
Jack D. Tate
Right Blister Gunner
Robert L. Stott
David C. Smith
ARRIVED ON GUAM APRIL 20, 1945
B-29 MISSIONS FLOWN FROM GUAM AGAINST JAPAN
Log of: Radio operator - Staff Sergeant Richard A. Wachs,
serial # 15328653
21st Bomber Command 314 Bombardment Wing
61st Bombardment Squadron, 39th Bombardment
Group Crew # 31
Mission # 1 - May 4, 1945
Target: - SAEKI - Naval air
base Combat Flying Hours: 15:10 Remarks: 20 general purpose 500lb. Bombs
Little flack - 3 fighter attacks Flew with crew # 37
Mission # 2 - May 11, 1945
Target: - Kobe - Kawanshi
Air craft plant Combat Flying Hours: 18:00 Remarks: Heavy flack , 15 fighter
attacks #2 engine controls and hydraulic brake system shot out. Landed
at Iwo Jima with aid of parachute (Received Distinguished Flying Cross
Aborted Mission - May 15, 1945
Mission # 3 - May 17, 1945
Target: - Nagoya Combat Flying
Hours: 15:45 Remarks: Night Mission , Radar Run, 24 incendiary bombs no
flack, no fighters.
Mission # 4 - May 19, 1945
Target : - Hamamatsu Combat
Flying Hours : 17:05 Remarks: 20 G.P. Bombs Cloud Coverage - Radar run
Bombing Alt. 26,000 ft. - little flack no fighters, Landed at Iwo Jima,
low on gas, seen crew bail out over water.
Mission # 5 - May 26, 1945
Target : Tokyo Combat Flying
Hours: 16:50 Remarks: Night mission, 16 incendiaries, intense flak &
search lights, jettisoned 12 bombs off coast, front bomb bays inoperable,
landed on Saipan. May 28, 1945
Our Central Fire Control Gunner,
Edgar Tuttle shot himself in the foot while cleaning his gun.
Mission # 6 - May 29, 1945
Target: - Yokohama Combat
Flying Hours : 19:00 Remarks : 116 - 100 pound gasoline jell bombs Visual
run, Altitude 19,000 ft., intense flak, one fighter attack Plane # P-1
hit over target, buddied with them, 4 men bailed out. Contacted sub and
dumbo, to give position one man picked up by sub. Landed at Iwo Jima to
refuel. On June 6, 3 men picked up, to date Reck- radio operator missing
, with us at Carlsbad Caverns. June 1, 1945 Aborted:
Mission # 7 - June 5, 1945
Target: - Kobe Combat Flying
Hours: 16:30 Remarks: 116 - 100 pound gasoline jell bombs, visual run,
altitude 15,000 ft. Meager flak, 5 fighters, one hole in horizontal tail.
Made it back to base , low on gas.
Mission # 8 - June 7, 1945
Target: - Osaka Combat Flying
Hours: 17:05 Remarks: Altitude 21,00 ft., Incendiary bombs, Radar run,
little flak, landed at Tinian to re-fuel.
Mission # 9 - June 10, 1945
Target: - Chiba Combat Flying
Hours: 14:45 Remarks: Aircraft Assembly Plant, Altitude 15,000 ft., General
purpose bombs, No flack or fighters, Landed at base.
Mission # 10 - June 18, 1945
Target: - Kagoshima Combat
Flying Hours: 17:05 Remarks: Night mission, altitude 8,500 ft., 116 gasoline
jell bombs, moderate flak, no fighters, landed at Iwo Jima to refuel.
Mission # 11 - June 20, 1945
Target: - Shizuoka Combat
Flying Hours: 15:00 Remarks: Altitude 8,000 ft., Industrial Center, incendiary
bombs, little flak, no fighters, returned to base.
Mission # 12 - June 22, 1945
Target: - Tamashima Combat
Flying Hours : 15:10 Remarks: New aircraft assembly plant, altitude 15,500
ft., general purpose bombs, meager flak, 3 fighters - no attacks, returned
Mission # 13 - July 4, 1945
Navigation Escort Combat
Flying Hours : 16:40 Remarks: Escorted P-51 fighter planes to Tokyo area.
Fighters strafed the area and rendezvoused with us to return to base. Mission
flown from Iwo Jima
Mission # 14 - July 17, 1945
Target: - Hiratsuka Combat
Flying Hours : 14:00 Remarks: Naval Installations, night mission, radar
run, 40 incendiaries, no flack or fighters. Returned to Guam.
Mission # 15 - July 20, 1945
Target: - Okasaki Combat
Flying Hours : 14:10 Remarks: 184 gas jell bombs, Night mission ,visual
bombing, no flak or fighters, returned to base.
Mission # 16 - July 27, 1945
Target: Omuta Combat Flying
Hours: 15:40 Remarks: Night mission, incendiaries, visual bombing, no flak
or fighters, returned to base.
Mission # 17- July 29, 1945
Target: Ogaki Combat Flying
Hours: 14:50 Remarks: Night mission, radar run, incendiaries, no flak or
fighters, Bombing run broadcasted to States from "k" ship, returned to
Mission # 18- Aug. 2, 1945
Target: Mito Combat Flying
Hours: 15:45 Remarks: Night mission, incendiaries, flak no fighters, No.1
engine caught on fire on bomb run, feathered it and returned to base.
Mission # 19, Aug. 6, 1945
Target: Mikage (Nishinomiya)
Combat Flying Hours: 15:05 Remarks: night mission, incendiaries, No. 2
engine lost oil, feathered it and bombed Shingu, a city on the coast of
Honshu, returned to base.
Mission # 20, Aug. 10, 1945
Target: Tokyo Combat Flying
Hours: 14:30 Remarks: Day mission, 4- 2000 # & 5- 500# bombs, intense
flak, 8 holes in plane, returned to base. (announced Japan's acceptance of Pottsdam peace terms.
Mission # 21, Aug. 15, 1945
Target: Isesaki Combat Flying
Hours: 14:40 Remarks: Night mission, incendiaries, no flak or fighters,
returned to base. (Last Combat Mission)
Mission # 22, Aug. 31, 1945
Target: Tokyo Flying hours:
16:40 Remarks: Flew over Tokyo in formation as a display of power.