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  B-29-15-MO "Super Wabbit" Serial Number 42-65222 Tail V□-49
20th AF
499th BG
877th BS

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Feb 19 1945
Pilot  1st Lt. Martin H. Nicholson, O-724699 (MIA / KIA) Kingsville, TX
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Ernest J. B. Nelson (MIA / KIA)Paine, WA
Navigator  2nd Lt. William S. Nelson, Jr. (MIA / KIA) Marshall, MI
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Glenn O. Rohden (MIA / KIA) Ottria, IA
Engineer  2nd Lt. Martin L. Forbes (MIA / KIA) San Bernadino, CA
Radio  Sgt Robert O. Grots (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Radar Sgt Selig H. Bauch (MIA / KIA) Brooklyn, NY
Left Gunner  SSgt Robert F. Lee (MIA / KIA) Monroeville, IL
Right Gunner  Sgt Clarence E. Denboer (MIA / KIA) Grand Rapids, MI
Top Gunner  Sgt Luther D. Otto (MIA / KIA) East Detroit, MI
Tail Gunner  Sgt Martin F. Siltanen (MIA / KIA) Highland, MI

Rammed  February 19, 1945
MACR  12522

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Maritn-Omaha. Assigned to the 499th Bombardment Group, 877th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Super Wabbit". Tail code V□ [Square]-49.

Mission History
Took off Aslito Field (Isley Field) on Saipan for a bombing mission against Tokyo. Flying in the 2nd element, 2nd position. Clouds covered the primary target, the Musashino aircraft plant. Instead, the B-29s bombed the port and urban area of Tokyo

Over the target, intercepted by four 53rd Sentai Ki-45 Nicks led by Lt. Aoki over Tokyo Bay. The Ki-45 piloted by Yamada rammed this B-29 from head on while making a steep turn. Observed by other B-29s, the left wingtip folded over and broke off, causing the B-29 to spin twice, break apart and crash. No crew members were seen to bail out.

Crashed near Lake Kawaguchi, the wreckage was inspected by the Japanese. The bodies of the crew were found at the crash site and buried in a local cemetery.

The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar the remains of the crew were exhumed and transported to the United States for final burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 82 site 235.

FindAGrave - Martin Holt Nicholson (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Martin L. Forbes (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Martin F. Siltanen (group burial photo)
YouTube Footage of crash B-29 crash site 6:58 - 7:06
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 88-90

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March 4, 2020


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