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USAAF June-July 1945
USAAF July-Aug 1945
USAAF Aug 21, 1945
|Aircraft Commander 1st Lt Joseph Queen (survived, rescued) Ashland, KY
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert S. Rainey (survived, rescued) Moroa, IL
Navigator 2nd Lt. Eugene R. Harwood (survived, rescued) Colorado Springs, CO
Flight Officer/Bombardier Marion J. Sherrill (survived, rescued) Flat River, MS
Engineer SSgt Jessee Owens (survived, rescued) Fayetteville, TN
Radio SSgt Arthur Strilky (survived, rescued) Chicago, IL
Gunner SSgt Jose Rinaldo (survived, rescued) Bronx, NY
Right Gunner Cpl Clifford McGee (survived, rescued)
Ring Gunner Sgt Cyril Bernacki (survived, rescued) Stafford, CT
Tail Gunner Cpl Richard H. Turner (survived, rescued) Greenville, OH
Radar Sgt Douglas E. Arthur (survived, rescued) Millersburg, PA
Observer John Barrett Grant (survived, rescued) Greenwich, CT
Observer 1st Lt. Robert W. Campbell (survived, rescued) Ada, TX
Observer Lucius William Weeks (survived, rescued) Loon Lake, WA
Crash Landed August 29, 1945
Built by Boeing in Wichita, Kansas completed on May 11, 1945. Constructors Number 10968. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-80-BW Superfortress serial number 44-70136. Ferried overseas by pilot 1st Lt. Queen on a flight from Topeka Airfield via Mather Field, John Rogers Field, Kwajalein and Eniwetok before arriving at Harmon Field on Guam. The next day, flew to Isley Field on Saipan.
Assigned to the 20th Air Force (20th AF), 73rd Bombardment Wing (73rd BW), 500th Bombardment Group (500th BG), 882nd Bombardment Squadron (882nd BS). Tail code "Z28" as the second B-29 assigned to the 500th Bomb Group with this code. Nose number 28.
This B-29 was flown by at least three different crews led by pilots Arbon, Sasser (10 missions), D. Jackson (2 missions) plus five other crews that flew this B-29 on only one mission. This bomber completed a total of twenty missions.
On June 17, 1945 nicknamed "Buckin' Bronc" with the silhouette of a black bucking bronco atop a checkered background. This bomber flew six bombing missions over Japan, bombing targets including Kure Navy Arsenal, Osaka Army Arsenal and incendiary bombing missions against Fukuoka, Hamamatsu, Sasebo and Kumamoto.
On July 2, 1945 or July 3, 1945 renamed "Hog Wild" possibly by Sasser's crew. The ground crew included Sgt R. Newton of Midlothian, TX, Sgt C. Miller of Cleveland, OH, Sgt A. Wasner of Owatonna, MN and Cpl H. Gordon of Carpinteria, CA.
On July 3, 1945 took off on a bombing mission against Kochi on Shikoku. This B-29 flew fourteen other bombing missions, including twelve incendiary bombing missions against Akasji, Kochi, Ichinomiya, Nishinomiya. On July 16, 1945 (Mission 272) bombed Oita. Flew another bombing mission against Osaka Army Arsenal. On August 3, 1945 dropped propaganda leaflets near Tokyo.
Fates of the Crew
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