• 空襲明治製糖台東工場
    Raid on Taito Sugar Refinery

    Posted on March 21st, 2014 Administrator No comments


    NARA via Fold3.com

    1945年5月18日上午,四架隸屬美國海軍第137巡邏轟炸中隊的PV-1從呂宋島上的克拉克機場起飛,前往台灣的台東執行轟炸當地製糖工場的任務。這四架飛機從海岸以超低空接近目標後,各投下三枚500磅炸彈,其中只有一枚未命中(上圖為攻擊實況照片)。不過在飛越目標區的過程中,有一架飛機的砲塔被日軍的25mm防空砲火擊中,砲手的手部滿是破片。這些飛機之後往北沿著花東縱谷飛往花蓮一帶,對沿途有機會下手的目標攻擊。
    Four PV-1 Venturas of the VPB-137 took off from Clark Field on Luzon in the morning of May 18, 1945, for a strike mission on a Sugar Refinery/Butanol Plant at Taito, Formosa. They approached the target from the sea at minimum altitude. All planes dropped three 500-lb bombs directly in the target buildings, only one bomb falling short. While going over the target, the turret of one plane was hit by a 25-mm shell. The turret gunner’s hands were riddled with shrapnel. The strike group then proceeded northward up the valley stretching up the east Formosa coast from Taito to Karenko, attacking targets of opportunity.

    我把出現在上圖中的建築物標註在下面這張同年5月31日拍攝的偵察照中,可見這些飛機的確如同戰報所述,自東南往西北發動攻擊(相當於下圖的右下到左上)。
    In the following reconnaissance photo taken on May 31, 1945, some of the buildings that appeared in the strike photo are indicated by the corresponding letters. It is the clear that the strike group were flying in the southeast-to-northwest (lower-right to upper-left) direction, as described in the action report.


    中央研究院海外歷史圖資與典藏 (Via Academia Sinica)

    同區域的現代衛星照片如下:
    The satellite photo of the same area is shown below for your reference:

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