June 14 1944 – The First B-29 Superfortress Raid

On June 14 1944, the first B-29 raid on Japan was conducted from a forward base in Japan. Sixty-eight B-29’s bombed the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yahata, Japan.

Three B-29’s were lost during the raid, which did little damage to the targets. However, the start of B-29 raids, especially after the seizure of the Mariana Islands as forward air bases, were to have a significant impact on Japan’s industrial base as well as on their inter-island shipping and troop movement activities.