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  B-29-25-MO "Dinah Might" Serial Number 42-65286 Tail X ▵ 9
20th AF
313th BW
9th BG
1st BS
USMC March 4, 1945

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), 9th Bombardment Group (9th BG), 1st Bombardment Squadron (1st BS) at North Field on Tinian. Nicknamed "Dinah Might". Tail Code X ▵ 9.

On March 4, 1945 (Mission 39) took off from North Field on Tinian piloted by 1st Lt. Raymond Malo on a bombing mission. Damaged and low on fuel, this B-29 was the first bomber to land at Motoyama No. 1 Airfield (South Field) on Iwo Jima with fighting still underway to the west. This was the first of 2,400 emergency landings on Iwo Jima. That same day, repaired, refueled and flown back to North Field on Tinian.

On April 12, 1945 again landed at at Motoyama No. 1 Airfield (South Field) on Iwo Jima.

At the end of the Pacific War, this s B-29 was flown back to the United States arriving April 28, 1946. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Note, another bomber, B-29 "Dina Might" 42-65280 with a different spelling of the nickname and different serial number is sometimes confused with this bomber or vice versa.
Later, on April 15, 1945 1st Lt. Raymond Malo piloting B-29A 42-93893 went Missing In Action (MIA).
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-25-MO Superfortress 42-65286
"65286 (9th BG, 1st BS, "Dinah Might") was first B-29 to make emergency landing at Iwo Jima Mar 4, 1945. Refueled and repaired and flown out. Landed there again Apr 12, 1945. Abandoned. Returned to USA Apr 28, 1946."
The B-29 Superfortress Chronology, 1934-1960 (1990) by Robert A. Mann pages 103, 114, 122, 127, 174 (lists tail code as X triangle 09)
B-29 Superfortress Units of World War 2 (2002) by Robert F Dorr, Mark Styling profile 22 & description
Leatherneck ‘Dinah Might’ was first bomber to land on Iwo by Charles A. Jones June 26, 2006
Thanks to Dan Hubbard for additional information

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May 1, 2020


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