Anthologies of the 315th Bomb Wing (VH) , XXI Bomber Command, 20th Air Force, Northwest Field, Guam WWII, Volume 1. September, 1987.

Edité par 315th Bomb Wing Association, Inc., Cocoa Beach, FL, 1987
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Titre : Anthologies of the 315th Bomb Wing (VH) , ...

Éditeur : 315th Bomb Wing Association, Inc., Cocoa Beach, FL

Date d'édition : 1987

Reliure : Softcover

Etat du livre : Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : No Dust Jacket As Issued

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82 pages, few illustrations (portraits) , wrappers, very good. 8 by 11 inches. From the introduction: "The anthologies contained in this booklet were voluntarily submitted by the indicated authors. They contain eyewitness accounts of events that happened during the tour of duty of the 315th Bombardment Wing (VH) on Guam in World War II. These accounts present first hand information normally not available to historians. The booklet contains 47 stories." From Wikipedia: "The 315th Bombardment Wing was activated in July 1944 at Peterson Field, Colorado as a command and control organization for four very heavy B-29 Superfortress bombardment groups. Organization trained in Colorado while subordinate groups were trained in Kansas by Second Air Force. When training was completed moved to Guam in the Mariana Islands of the Central Pacific Area in late March 1945 The 315th was the fifth and last B-29 Wing assigned to XXI Bomber Command. The Groups and Squadrons of the 315th Bomb Wing for the most part, flew the B-29B aircraft. ~In the Marianas, the Wing provided command and control to the 16th, 331st, 501st 502d Bombardment Groups. The 16th and the 501st were the first to arrive in Mid April; the 331st and 502d arrived in mid-May 1945. Its groups flew "shakedown" missions against Japanese targets on Moen Island, Truk, and other points in the Carolines and Marianas. The 16th and 501st began combat missions over Japan on 26 June with attacks on the Utsube Oil Refinery in Yokkaichi. The 315th and 502d did not engage in combat until 1 August with attacks on the Mitsubishi Havana Oil Refinery in Kawasaki. For all four groups, oil industry targets in Japan were its primary targets. The wing flew its last combat missions on 14 August when hostilities ended. Afterwards, the wing's B 29s carried relief supplies to Allied prisoner of war camps in Japan and Manchuria. Due to their late arrival in the theater, the groups demobilized slowly, not returning to the United States until April/May 1946.". N° de réf. du libraire 36863

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