3 January 1945
JAPAN - Fifty-seven of 97 73rd BW B-29's dispatched to bomb port facilities and urban areas of Nagoya with incendiary bombs; and 21 attack alternate targets. Japanese fighters fly 300+ attacks on the bombers and 5 B-29's are lost. Gunners claim 14-14-20 Japanese aircraft.
One of the five was this plane that carried Sgt. Fast -
42-63418 - A50 - 497th BG, "Jumbo, King Of The Show", with the Clifford crew; 5 survived ditching - MACR 10901
Crew members missing: 2nd Lt. Robert L. Heiden, 2nd Lt. Harold C. Barnes, Sgt. William R. Fast, Sgt. Jack F. Estes, Sgt. Oscar L. Niece, Jr., Sgt. Delmas D. Martin, Sr.