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UNITED KINGDOM: Jane Wyman stars on the front cover of this weeks Film Pictorial magazine.

U.S.A.: Baseball: Johnny Mize is the first player to have two x three-homer games in one season.

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July 29th, 1940 (MONDAY)

UNITED KINGDOM: Destroyer HMS Delight is bombed and set on fire escorting a channel convoy off Portland. She manages to make it back to port, but sinks in Portland harbour the next morning. (Alex Gordon)(108)

RAF Bomber Command: 4 Group (Whitley). Bombing - marshalling yards at Hamm and oil plant at Dusseldorf.

58 Sqn. Eight aircraft to Hamm. Weather bad. One bombed primary, seven bombed alternative targets.

102 Sqn. Eight aircraft to Dusseldorf. Weather bad and opposition heavy. Five bombed.

Dover: "Hellfire Corner" was attacked by the Luftwaffe again today as Stuka’s protected by Bf109s attacked shipping at Dover. The concussion of bursting bombs shook buildings and broke windows all along the seafront, while waterspouts dropped tons of water onto ships in the harbour.

RAF fighters tore into enemy formations already heavily engaged by Anti-Aircraft defences. 12 out of 80 German planes engaged were downed to three RAF machines.

41 Sqn begin the proceedings with a 07:25 scramble to engage the enemy on his northern flank, leaving ten Hurricanes of 501 Sqn. to race in from the sunward side. As they met the Luftwaffe they realised they were facing one of the largest formations yet of Bf109s escorting two waves of Stukas.

The Stuka's attacked Dover sinking the previously damaged 'Gronland' and starting a fire aboard a submarine depot ship. 41 Sqn. went in after the Stukas but Bf109s bore down upon the Spitfires. The squadron forced to split engaged both, and lost one aircraft in combat and four more in crash landings for the destruction of one Bf109. 64 and 56 Sqns. were vectored to help. 501 Sqn. penetrated to the Stukas, shooting down two into the sea. Incendiaries and HEs which had fallen on the Royal Navy oil depot broke a supply pipe from which split fuel gushed, then blazed upon the water. Dover's Anti-Aircraft guns added to the confusion and claimed 501's Ju87s.

Soon after midday attention switched to Channel convoys. Off Dungeness one was subjected to a low-level onslaught by Ju88s of KG 76, whose lead aircraft hit a ships balloon cable. Another was claimed by the ships' gunners. Convoy 'Agent' off Essex came under attack by a mixture of 36 fighter and fighter-bomber Bf110s. 151 Sqn engaged. From 45 miles off Felixstowe a reconnaissance Do 17 was chased as far as the Dutch coast, and three pilots of 85 Sqn. had a share in a He-111 approaching 'Agent'. A few minutes later another He-111 was destroyed off Lowestoft.

Night raids include nine on north-east England. At Hull five shops and a pub were damaged. Near Bury St. Edmunds, soon after midnight a Ju88 crashed .

Corvette HMS Clover laid down.

Destroyer HMS Tetcott laid down.

Corvette HMS (ex-FS) La Malouine commissioned.

BELGIUM: Germany annexes Eupen, Malmedy and Moresnet.

GERMANY: The German navy reports that landings on the British coast cannot take place until mid-September.

Secret Report of the SS Secret Service on German internal affairs, NO. 110 of Monday 29 July 1940 (extract);

V. The economy: The effects of night air raids on industrial production..

...Thus Dortmund reports a falling off in mining production there as a result of overfatigue and diminished resiliency. Many personnel say that they have a long way to go to get to the pits, and as a result they have only a short time to get to sleep at the end of the air raid alert. The consequence is that personnel frequently fall asleep, which is leading increasingly to short shifts. The alertness of personnel is also suffering, so that already additional accidents have occurred.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: On 21 July RN convoy AN2 (HMSs Capetown, Liverpool, Diamond, Defender, Dainty, HMAS Stuart, and 6 merchant vessels departed Alexandria for ports in the Aegean, and then picked up the returning convoy AS2 on 26 July. Covering the operation was the Adm A. B. Cunningham's Mediterranean Fleet operating off Crete with HMSs Eagle, Warspite, Malaya, Royal Sovereign, Neptune, HMAS Sydney, and 10 destroyers. Starting on 27 July, the various forces are subjected to numerous Italian air attacks, particularly on 29 July, when HMS Eagle's Sea Gladiators of 813 Fighter Flight again arise (literally) to the occasion. While breaking up several attacks, Lt. L. K. Keith, RN in N5513 and Lt. P. W. V. Massey, RN in N5512 shoot down 1 S.79. Unfortunately, Lt. Massey pursues one foe too far and with his fuel exhausted, he force lands N5512 along side HMAS Stuart. This will ultimately prove to be the only Sea Gladiator lost off HMS Eagle in 6 months of operations. During the entire three days operations, the Italian bombers achieve only a single bomb hit on HMS Liverpool which, fortunately for the RN, fails to explode. (Mark Horan)

CANADA: Corvette HMCS Chambly launched Montreal, Province of Quebec.

U.S.A.: John Sigmund of St. Louis, Missouri completes a 292-mile (470 km) swim down the Mississippi River. It took him 89 hours, 48 minutes to swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri.

ATLANTIC OCEAN: At 0215, the unescorted Clan Menzies was torpedoed and sunk by U-99 about 150 miles west of Loop Head, Co. Clare. Six crewmembers were lost. The master and 87 crewmembers landed at Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

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July 29th, 1941 (TUESDAY)


ASW trawler HMS Buster launched.

Submarine HMS Ultimatum commissioned.

U.S.S.R.: Moscow: Stalin demotes General Georgi Zhukov from the position of chief for the General Staff, for advising a tactical surrender at Kiev, replacing him with Marshal Boris Shaposhnikov.

FAR EAST: Vichy France signs a treaty giving Japan control of its colonies in Indochina in the event of enemy attack. The Japanese occupy southern French Indochina with the permission of the French.

 U.S.A.: The US Secretary of the Navy approves the installation of a Radar Plot aboard aircraft carriers as "the brain of the organization" protecting the fleet from air attack. The first installation is planned for the island structure of USS Wasp (CV-7).

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July 29th, 1942 (WEDNESDAY)

UNITED KINGDOM: A combined British and US Production and Resources Board is established in London. The goal is to control allocations of material and industrial priorities. Averill Harriman for the US and Oliver Lyttelton for the UK are to be the senior members.

Westminster: The minister of labour, Ernest Bevin, announces a scheme for universal state pensions.

Frigate HMS Itchen launched.

Rescue tug HMS Horsa launched.

Minesweeper HMS Hound launched.

Submarines HMS Sea Nymph and Tactician launched.

Destroyer HMS Cowdray commissioned.


U-271 launched.

U-268 commissioned.

U.S.S.R.: Army Group A continues to attack south of the Don, making good progress and Proletarskaya falls. Hitler is not satisfied and returns the 4th Panzer Army to Army Group B. These changes by Hitler have caused much wasted time and effort moving this army from front to front.

NEW GUINEA: The village of Kokoda is captured by the Japanese "South Seas Force", fighting overland from Buna to Port Moresby on the Kokoda Track. This is the halfway point in their overland trek to Port Moresby on the Coral Sea.

Undeterred by the climate on the Papuan coast where disease is a greater enemy than the bullet, the fresh Japanese force has taken only a week to reach Kokoda village which is flanked by 7,000-foot peaks in the Owen Stanley mountains. On the night of 28-29 July the Japanese attacked and, in a confused battle, drove the defenders off and took the village.

USAAF A-24 Dauntlesses, with P-39Airacobra escort, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft attack shipping off Gona, partially frustrating Japanese attempts to land more troops and supplies; the Japanese recapture Kokoda, which they temporarily lost the previous day. Five of 7 A-24s participating in this attack are lost and this leads the USAAF to withdraw the aircraft from combat use.

AUSTRALIA: Minesweeper HMAS Broome commissioned.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: US Navy PBY-5 Catalinas of Patrol Squadron Twenty Three (VP-23) based on Espirtu Santo Island, bomb Japanese installations on Tulagi and Gavutu.

TERRITORY OF ALASKA: ALEUTIAN ISLANDS: 4 B-24 Liberators and 5 B-17 Flying Fortresses of the US 11th Air Force bomb vessels and installations in the Kiska Harbor area with unobserved results due to clouds.

CANADA: Ottawa: Parliament has amended the National Resources Mobilization Act to permit the introduction of conscription for overseas service. This follows last April's referendum in which the English-speaking majority voted for conscription "if necessary", and the French-Canadian liberals voted against it.

Few leaders have overseen the passage of a bill more reluctantly. The prime minister, Mr. Mackenzie King, is convinced of "the wisdom of not attempting any conscription through coercion or in violation of pledges". His hand was forced by pressure from both the US and English-speaking Canadians.

The No. 1 Armored Train makes its first operational trip from Terrace, British Columbia to Prince Rupert. Built in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it was intended to protect the coastline from the threat of Japanese sabotage.

Its configuration was designed for defense. In front was a general purpose flat car equipped with one 75mm gun, together with a searchlight and diesel generator. The second car carried two 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns. A low steel parapet around each of these cars gave the gun crews some protection from the wind. The third car was a steel-covered coach carrying the headquarters and one platoon of infantry. Four 3-inch mortars and personal weapons were also carried. The locomotive was in the center of the train. It was followed by another all steel car, which served as a train office and first aid room. A third armored coach followed, carrying two infantry platoons. The final two cars of the train duplicated the first two.

"Initially, the armored train made a return trip down and up the river each 24 hours. (251)


Light cruiser USS Columbia commissioned.

Minesweeper USS Sage laid down.

ATLANTIC OCEAN: At 2000, the Bill was torpedoed by U-155. The Brazilian mess boy was killed and the ship sank within four minutes. The master was ordered to come on board U-155, which took off after the crew in the lifeboats had been given the course for Barbados. He was later taken to a hospital in Rennes where he died of heart trouble on 27 Nov 1942. The three lifeboats were separated but all reached land near Trinidad on the 2, 10 and 15 August.

At 1019, the unescorted Prescodoc was torpedoed and sunk by U-160 NW of Georgetown, British Guinea. 15 crewmembers were lost. The master and five crewmembers were picked up by Predsednik Kopajtic and landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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July 29th, 1943 (THURSDAY)

UNITED KINGDOM: Ernest Bevin, British Minister of Labour, announces that women up to 50 must now register for war work later in the summer. He is stopping recruitment for the women's uniformed services in order to divert more women into aircraft production. He told the House of Commons today that there will be no further volunteers accepted for the ATS, WAAF, WRNS and the Women's Land Army, and no further age groups will be called up.

"We propose to ask those women not required for the services to go into the aircraft factories." He was considering the possibility of using more youths of 16 and 17 in the aircraft industry. Although it had expanded so greatly, the labour force was still insufficient, hence the call up of older women.

Aircraft carrier HMS Magnificent (later HMCS Magnificent) laid down Harland and Wolff Belfast.

Destroyer HMS Boreas had steamed over 250,000 miles since the war began. In 439 days, she travelled 183,244 miles with the same crew and never lost a ship in convoy.

In England, the US Eighth Air Force's VIII Air Support Command and VIII Bomber Command fly missions.

- VIII Air Support Command Missions 8 and 9 target 2 airfields; 18 B-26B Marauders are dispatched against Schipol Airfield at Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the mission is aborted due to a navigational error while 19 B-26Bs attack Ft. Rouge Airfield, France at 1828 hours local.

- VIII Bomber Command Mission Number 79 targets 2 locations in Germany. 91 B-17s bomb the shipyards at Kiel at 0901 hours while 48 attack targets of opportunity; 6 B-17s are lost. 54 B-17s hit the Heinkel Works at Warnemunde at 0922-0924 hours 4 B-17s are lost.

Escort carrier HMS Pretoria Castle commissioned.

GERMANY: The press celebrates Mussolini's 60th birthday, showing Hitler's continued loyalty to the Duce.

U-866 launched.

U-991 commissioned.

ITALY: Sicily: The British 78th Division arrives at the front and attacks toward Paterno.

On the ground the US Seventh Army almost completes the mop up of western Sicily, approaches Santo Stefano Quisquina, advances on Mistretta, and takes three islands off Trapani. The British Eighth Army opens an assault during the night of 29/30 July along an axis of Catenanuova-Adrano.
    In the air, 200+ Ninth Air Force P-40's, the largest number of fighters operating in a day during the Sicilian campaign to date, attack Messina Riposto, shipping at Catania, Santa Teresa di Riva, Taormina, Milazzo, and in the Straits of Messina. 

Northwest African Strategic Air Force B-26 Marauders hit Aquino Airfield while In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical Air Force fighters and light bombers hit Regalbuto, Milazzo, shipping off Messina, and gun positions and motor transport in northeastern Sicily.

Northwest African Strategic Air Force B-17s bomb Viterbo Airfield.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Italian submarine Pietro Micca was torpedoed and sunk at the entrance to Adriatic, in the Strait of Otranto by the British submarine HMS Trooper.

U.S.S.R.: The III Panzer Corps counterattacks Soviet positions on the River Mius, north of Taganrog with little effect.

INDIAN OCEAN: At 0600, the Cornish City in Convoy DN-53 was torpedoed and sunk by U-177 SE of Madagascar. The master, 31 crewmembers and five gunners were lost. Five crewmembers and one gunner were picked up by destroyer HMAS Nizam and landed at Port Louis, Mauritius.

TERRITORY OF ALASKA: ALEUTIAN ISLANDS: A US Eleventh Air Force B-17 scouts Kiska Island and bombs the Main Camp area.

CANADA: Armed yacht HMCS Beaver arrived Digby, Nova Scotia, for training DEMS gunners.

Light cruiser HMCS Ontario (ex-HMS Minotaur) launched.

Minesweeper HMCS Winnipeg commissioned.


Destroyer escorts USS Deede and Douglas L Howard commissioned.

Destroyer USS Hoel commissioned.

Submarine USS Blueback laid down.

Destroyer escorts USS O'Reilly, Riddle, Wesson laid down.

ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-614 (Type VIIC) is sunk northwest of Cape Finisterre, at position 46.42N, 11.03W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 172/G) . 49 dead (all crew lost). (Alex Gordon)


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UNITED KINGDOM: The US Eighth Air Force flies 2 missions:

- Mission 503: 1,228 bombers and 755 fighters are dispatched to hit oil targets in Germany and airfields in France in 3 groups; 17 bombers and 7 fighters are lost.

(1) 569 B-17s hit the Leuna synthetic oil plant at Merseburg, 13 hit Gottingen, 11 hit Hildesheim marshalling yard, and 10 hit targets of opportunity; 15 B-17s are lost. Escort is provided by 429 P-38 Lightnings, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs; 7 P-51s are lost.

(2) 442 B-24s hit the Oslebshausen oil refinery at Bremen, 2 hit targets of opportunity and 1 hit Cuxhaven; 2 B-24s are lost. Escort is provided by 106 P-51s.

(3) 38 B-24s hit Juvincourt Airfield and 26 hit Couvron Airfield at Laon, France. Escort is provided by 142 P-51s.

- Mission 504: 6 B-17s drop leaflets in France during the night.

Cap. Arthur Jeffrey (479th FG) claimed a Me 163 destroyed, but probably the enemy plane managed to escape in a vertical dive, as no losses were reported in German records for that day. (77)

- 44 B-24s are dispatched on CARPETBAGGER missions; 12 abort.

     Personal Memory: My diary reads: "Mersberg, Germany, (near Leipzig.) Same target as yesterday. (Leuna Oil Works.) Saw terrific dog fights over target between our P-51s and enemy fighters. Target CAVU and FLAK was terrific. Got several holes this time. Had third new crew. Carried 20 X 250-pound general purpose bombs. Flight time, 8 hours and thirty five minutes. Over enemy territory 4 hours and twenty minutes." I was flying the "Betty Jane" again today for an assault on Germany's most heavily defended city. My new crew for today was that of Lt. P. F. Cureton, Jr. Ironically  and tragically he was to be killed in action on  November 21st at this very same target. The only survivor of his nine man crew would be Radio Operator, Tech Sgt. J. A. Ellis German farmers would murder most of the others. The navigator was hanged on the spot and Cureton and his copilot were stabbed to death with pitch forks. This kind of treatment was not unusual when one bailed out over Germany itse  lf, but was rare in occupied countries. On today's mission the 303rd Bomb Group supplied 13 aircraft for the 41st "C" Wing, High group. We did a plan "D" Group assembly over Harrington Buncher at 17,000 ft and flew in Combat Wing Formation while slowly climbing to 26,000 ft. At the IP (Initial Point) we took group interval for visual bombing and dropped our bombs from a magnetic heading of 95 degrees. At the target we saw about fifteen Me109s trying to attack the lead group but they were being harassed by our P-51s. Just after bombs away, four of the fifteen managed to elude the P-51s and made a single pass from 12 o'clock high (like the movie)  through the lead group without shooting any down. We were probably lucky that these were Me109s and not FW190s with their new 30 MM cannon. After we dropped our bombs we made a sharp turn to the right to avoid flak, and at this time rejoined the Wing formation for our return to Molesworth. Over England we dropped down to one thousand

  feet and eventually had to fly at three hundred feet because of low clouds. We probably scared a lot of live stock and a few people, including us. At the target there were no photographs of the actual bomb bursts as they were concealed in smoke and shadows in the target area. The Germans always tried to conceal their important targets with smoke screens, but with limited success. The lead Group's bombs fell a little short of the MPI (Main Point of Impact.) They had approached the target at 103 degrees magnetic. The Low Group's bombs appeared to fall right on target. They flew to the target at 102 degrees magnetic. Our heading of 95 degrees gave us a good separation from the prop wash of the other groups and our bombs were right on target. The lead group of the "D" Wing following us headed to the target at 98 degrees but their lead bombardier didn't quite kill the drift and their bombs fell a couple hundred yards to the left of the MPI. Of the 51 (!) B-17 aircraft furnished  by our group for this mission, 32 sustained battle damage but none were shot down thanks largely to the efforts of our P-51s over the target. Several of our B-17s had major damage from flak and many had a few flak holes, including my poor old "Betty Jane." Many times the ground crews repaired the holes so well that I couldn't find them. I even made mental notes on some occasions and still could not find them. These guys were good! Of course this was much more difficult on unpainted airplanes. Most of the B-17s built after 1943 were left unpainted except for identifying markings. It was impossible to hide from the German Radar or their optical devices. Being new crews, we generally were assigned whatever plane was ready to go. This meant that we flew twelve different B-17s in combat, and they all flew about the same. Of course most of the Brass flew in their favorite planes most of the time. I will note here that the Brass never shirked the tough missions, going on some of th  e most dangerous missions of the war. When we flew to Berlin of Hamburg there was always a squadron Commander or equal rank in the lead plane. And the lead plane was the prime target for flak gunners as well as fighter aircraft. Score: Milk Runs 13 others 14 (Dick Johnson)

FRANCE: The UX XIX Corps is advancing on Torigny and Tessy. The US VII Corps reaches Percy and The US VIII Corps crosses the Sienne and advance towards Granville.

ASW trawler HMS Lord Wakelfield sunk by German aircraft off Normandy.

HMS Prince Leopold was hit by a Gnat from U-621 off Normandy. The ship was hit on the portside amidships, capsized and sank.

GERMANY: U-872 (Type IX D2) Badly damaged at Bremen by US bombs during Mission 504. 1 dead. Taken out of service 10 August 1944 and later broken up. (Alex Gordon)

During an air raid on Bremen, U-873 was damaged and 4 men were wounded. One of them (Matrosenhauptgefreiter Fritz Grusa) died in December.

U-3509 laid down.

U-2327 launched

U-1064, U-3501 commissioned.


ALBANIA: Allied troops land south of Spilje.

FINLAND: Finnish Sgt. Vilho Rinkineva in a captured I-153 (biplane) shot down an Airacobra from Soviet 773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment over Loimola in northern Karelia (see:

EASTERN FRONT: The Neimen River is crossed by the Third Belorussian Front.

14 P-38s, taking off from bases in the USSR , sweep the Kecskemet, Hungary area.

ITALY: Weather cancels all bombing operations by the US Fifteenth Air Force 

CHINA: 70+ US XX Bomber Command B-29 Superfortresses operating from Chengtu bomb the Showa Steel Works at Anshan, Manchuria and harbour at Taku; the first B-29 to be shot down on a combat mission falls to 5 fighters near Chenghsien (which the B-29 bombs after engine trouble causes an abort from the primary mission); another B-29 bombs Chinwangtao before making a forced landing at a friendly field near Ankang.

A B-29 of the 771st Bombardment Squadron, aircraft number 42-6256 "Ramp Tramp" lands in Soviet territory. "Ramp Tramp," commanded by Captain Howard R. Jarrell (crew consisting of Pops Bailey, Early Lewis, Keat Paul, Frank Sommers, Jerome Zuercher, Frank Carney, Herbert Bost, Mike J. Losik and George Hummel), was badly damaged. Jarrell decided to head toward Vladivastok, believing they could not make it back to a base in China. Once Soviet mechanics repaired and refueled the aircraft, they could take off and return to China. During the flight to Vladivostok, the B-29 suffered several electrical systems failures, with the radio able to receive but not transmit. However, once the B-29 landed at Vladivostok, the Russian air force retained the aircraft and interned the crew. (Mike Yared)(286)

KURILE ISLANDS: Three US Eleventh Air Force B-24s from the Aleutian Islands fly bombing and reconnaissance runs over Shimushu Island and Paramushiru Island sites including Kurabu Cape installations.

NEW GUINEA: A Japanese pocket around Ibdi, on Biak, is eliminated by US forces.

TINIAN: Japanese resistance is increasing now that the US Marines have occupied most of the northern half of the island.
In support of the operations in the Mariana Islands, US Far East Air Force B-24s bomb supply areas in Woleai Atoll; the nearby islands of Mariaon and Tagaulap are also hit. US Seventh Air Force P-47s continue to hit Tinian Island while B-24s hit Truk Atoll and B-25s attack Ponape Island.

MARIANAS ISLANDS: USMC troops capture Orote Airfield on Guam.

CANADA: HMC ML 128 commissioned.
HMS LST 3536 and 3537 ordered from Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal. HMS LST 3540 ordered from Davie Shipbuilding and Repair Co Lauzon Province of Quebec. HMS LST 3544 and 3545 ordered from Marinne Industries Ltd Sorel Province of Quebec. HMS LST 3548, 3549, 3550, 3551 and 3552 ordered from United Shipyards Ltd. Montreal Province of Quebec. HMS LST 3553 and 3554 ordered from Yarrows Ltd Esquimalt, British Columbia.

U.S.A.: The first successful test of the Pelican guided missile is conducted 44 miles (70.8 km) offshore from NAS New York, New York; 2 of the 4 missiles hit the target ship.

The US heavy cruiser USS Baltimore (CA-68) with President Franklin D Roosevelt aboard, departs Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, for Adak, Aleutian Islands.

Betty Hutton's record of "It Had To Be You" makes it to the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The song is from the motion picture "Show Business" starring Eddie Cantor, Joan Davis, George Murphy and Nancy Kelly. This is her first single to make the charts and it stays there for 12 weeks reaching Number 5.

Destroyer USS Gregory commissioned.

Destroyer escort USS Parle commissioned.

Minesweepers USS Pledge and Skurry commissioned.

ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-618 shot down an RAF 172 Sqn Wellington.

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July 29th, 1945 (SUNDAY)

EUROPE: The British Eighth Army is disbanded.

JAPAN: US Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: 

P-47s from Ie Shima and B-24s, B-25s, and A-26 Invaders from Okinawa pound targets in the Japanese Home Islands; 

70+ B-24s pound shipping at Kure, 41 B-24s hit a factory and storage area northwest of Aburatsu, shipping and engine works in Nagasaki and vicinity, and the towns of Nobeoka, Kyushu and Oita; 

B-25s hit Kagoshima, Kyushu, Kibana, a bridge, barracks and other buildings at Miyazaki, warehouses, a lighthouse, and navigation light at Tozaki-hana, and bomb Tokuno Shima; 

A-26s pound the naval base and engine works at Nagasaki; 

numerous P-47s hit the harbor at Kure, shipping and seaplane station at Ibusuki, railroad station, docks, and town area of Makurazaki, Chiran and Izumi Airfields, and shipping at Kagoshima Bay. 

P-51s hit numerous targets of opportunity on the southern coast of Korea and on the southern part of Kyushu, where shipping, railroads, and Omura, Kyushu and Sashiki factories are also attacked.

- Also during the day, American and British carrier-based aircraft attack airfields and naval targets in the Inland Sea sinking a destroyer and 12 merchant vessels. USN Task Group 34.8.1 consisting of 3 battleships (SOUTH DAKOTA, INDIANA and MASSACHUSETTS), 4 heavy cruisers (CHICAGO, QUINCY, BOSTON and SAINT PAUL) and 10 destroyers bombards facilities on Honshu. The British battleship HMS King George V and 3 destroyers join in the bombardment.

- During the night of 29/30 July, the US Twentieth Air Force flies Mission 304; 24 B-29s mine Shimonoseki Strait and the waters at Fukuoka, Karatsu, and Najin; 2 others mine alternate targets.

509BG aircraft carry out 'Pumpkin Missions' to practice bomb runs.

Ops. Miss. Date Aircraft Cdr. Crew   Bombing Target Lat Long Result
30 11 29/07/45 44-27297 Bock C-13 Secondary Visual Nakajima A/c Engines, Tokyo     Poor
30 10 29/07/45 44-27298 Taylor A-1 Primary Visual Nitrogen Fertilzer Plant, Ube     Poor
30 12 29/07/45 44-27301 Eatherly C-11 Secondary Visual Naval Base at Maizuru     Excellent
30 10 29/07/45 44-27302 McKnight B-8 Primary Visual Industrial Soda Co., Ube     Excellent
30 10 29/07/45 44-27303 Wilson B-6 Primary Visual Nippon Oil, Ube     Poor
30 12 29/07/45 44-27304 Smith A-5 Secondary Visual Oil Refinery, Wakayama     Unobserved
30 11 29/07/45 44-27353 Lewis B-9 Primary Visual Koriyama Marshalling Yards     Excellent
30 11 29/07/45 44-86291 Ray C-14 Primary Visual Light Industry, Koriyama     Poor

(David Hebditch)

CANADA: Minesweeper HMCS Nanoonse (ex HMCS Nootka) paid off.

U.S.A.: Destroyer USS William W Wood launched.

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