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  B-29-25-MO "Dina Might" Serial Number 42-65280 Tail ◯ E 29
20th AF
313rd BW
504th BG
421st BS

Aircraft History
Built by Glenn L. Martin Company in Omaha, Nebraska. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-25-MO Superfortress serial number 42-65280. Ferried overseas to North Field on Tinian.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 20th Air Force (20th AF), 313th Bomb Wing (313th BW), 504th Bombardment Group (504th BG), 421st Bombardment Squadron. (421st BS). Nicknamed "Dina Might". Tail Code ◯ E 29 (Circle E 29).

Mission History
On May 23, 1945 (Mission 181) took off from North Field on Tininian Island piloted by James L. Hardison on a night bombing mission against Tokyo. Returning, this B-29 crash landed and was destroyed. The crew survived unhurt.

Note, another bomber, B-29 "Dinah Might" 42-65286 with a different spelling of the nickname and different serial number is sometimes confused with this bomber or vice versa.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-25-MO Superfortress 42-65280
"65280 (504th BG, 421st BS) crash landed at North Field, Tinian May 23, 1945. All crew survived, but aircraft was destroyed."
May 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - B-29 42-65280

Aviation Safety Network - B-29 42-65280 crashed May 23, 1945
The B-29 Superfortress Chronology, 1934-1960 (1990) by Robert A. Mann pages 169, 284 (lists tail code as circle E 29)
Thanks to Dan Hubbard for additional information

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Last Updated
May 1, 2020


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