Chinese missions against Nagasaki
May 20, 1938
May 20, 1938
(CAF) Six TB-3 bombers in Chinese markings but manned by Soviet crews take off from Hankow Airfield in China overfly Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Sasebo, dropping leaflets and taking pictures. Over Nagasaki they photograph Battleship Musashi under construction.
American missions against Nagasaki
August 10, 1944 - August 9, 1945
August 10, 1944
(20th AF) On the night of the 10/11, 24 B-29s, out of Chengtu, China, bomb the urban area of Nagasaki, Japan and 3 others hit targets of opportunity; the B-29s claim 1 fighter shot down, the first such claim (except probables) by the B-29s.
July 5, 1945
(7th AF): B-24s and B-25s from Okinawa
bomb 2 towns in the Omura-Nagasaki area.
July 29, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s from Okinawa hit shipping and engine works in Nagasaki. A-26s pound the naval base and
engine works at Nagasaki.
July 31, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb Nagasaki. Also, A-26s and B-25s bomb warehouses at
August 1, 1945
(FEAF) About 50 B-24s bomb targets in the Nagasaki dock and harbor area;
B-25s and fighter-bombers in the Nagasaki area hit docks, railroad yards, and
August 9, 1945
(20th AF) The second and last atomic bomb of World War II is dropped
on Japan; Major Charles W. Sweeney piloted B-29 "Bockscar" 44-27297 from North Field on Tinian Island. At 0230 hours; he is followed
by 2 observation B-29 "Great Artiste" 44-27353 piloted by Captain Frederick C. Bock
(who has exchanged planes with Sweeney for the mission) and B-29 44-27354 piloted
by Major James I Hopkins (who loses contact with the other 2 B-29s); the primary
target, Kokura, is obscured by bad weather; the attack is made against the
secondary target, Nagasaki. The "Fat Man" atomic bomb is dropped from 28,900'
at 1058 hours Nagasaki time and explodes about a minute after release.
Japanese reports claim nearly 24,000 killed; US figures estimate about 35,000.
The attacking B-29s refuel on Okinawa, and return to Tinian by 2339 hours.