Mission 32 took place the night of 16-17 March 1945.
Target : Kobe.
The B-29s were not in formation and dropped their bombs individually
at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet.
Z-8, Serial Number 42-24849, was flown by Major Robert J Fitzgerald.
Additional information can be found in the
The complete 73rd Bomb Wing Mission Report contains 175 pages.
Below are four pages from the Report
Three of these are tables and the fourth is
Consolidated Mission Report
Loss and Damage
The B-29s in the 73rd Bomb Wing were identifed by one of four letters:
A SQUARE : 497TH BOMB GROUP
T SQUARE : 498TH BOMB GROUP
V SQUARE : 499TH BOMB GROUP
Z SQUARE : 500TH BOMB GROUP
( FOUR DIGIT NUMBER )
IS THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF THE B-29 SERIAL NUMBER
Each Bomb Group had its own BLACKBOARD that was updated in real time
throughout the mission.
The blackboard for the 500th Bomb Group
is at the bottom of this page
Page 2 of this section concerns primarily maps associated with the