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September 22, 2009 Steve Terjeson 7 Comments

8 New B-29 Superfortress photos added to the WWII History Image Gallery! Check them out…

B-29 Dropping Bombs
B-29’s dropping bombs.



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  1. Doug GillinghamNo Gravatar
    October 5, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Hi Steven, I have a question. Several sites claim that the B-29 was only used in the War against Japan, this site refers to pictures of the B-29 bombing of Europe. My father was a Top turret Gunner in a B-29, he became sick before before going to War and then was assigned as a side gunner in a B-17 and went to Europe.
    Were the B-29’s used in the War in Europe?
    Thank you for responded.
    Doug

  2. l.g.christensenNo Gravatar
    October 11, 2009 - 12:40 am

    LOOKING FOR A PICTURE AND ANY INFORMATION I CAN FIND ABOUT A B29 SUPERFORTRESS – GONNA MAKER – MY HUSBAND’S BROTHER WAS NAVIGATOR ON THIS PLANE WHEN IT WAS SHOT DOWN OVER OGURRI JAPAN BY A KAMIKOSE PILOT. NO ONE SURVIVED THE CRASH.
    THANKS FOR ANY HELP YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GIVE ME.
    LGCHRISTENSEN

  3. Ty402No Gravatar
    November 2, 2009 - 6:02 pm

    Wow, these photos have really got me intrigued. There is something about World War II that fascinates me more than any other conflicts in history. I have never been able to find such an interesting photo of the B-29 Superfortress. I recently have started a blog and and even if you do not like the topic, any advice or comments you would be willing to give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Check it out: tylere10oda.edublogs.org

    And keep up the good work!

  4. Steven TerjesonNo Gravatar
    November 3, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Hi Doug, You are correct and the photos were mislabeled. I have gone through and corrected that. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Ed HartNo Gravatar
    December 29, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Steven Terjeson, et al

    The B-29 was an inflection point in the history of aviation technology, war fighting…and program management. It certainly rivaled the A-Bomb program, and the fact that the two programs came together to end the war is – I think – instructive to all of us. I recently saw a program on the B-29 on History Channel and thought that I would reach out to this site to see if any “old timers” are out there who might be able to give accuracy to some impressions that I have carried for 50 years. I hold memories of stories told to me by a wonderful vet I knew as a youngster growing up in Ohio. Quentin Walker, of Lancaster, Ohio told me that he had served in the 509th Composite Wing as a flight engineer, having washed out as a pilot. He blew out a knee in a football game when his squadron went from Wendover to California for a football game. Because of that, he did not go to Tinian. Some of the stories he told were hard to believe, but I thought it would be fun to bounce them off of this group of readers to see what might be correct….so here goes:

    Quent’s crew had flown out to Kansas (?) to pick up their Silverplate aircraft, arriving at the factory after dark. At that stage, he had never seen a B-29 in person, but when he saw it, he said it solidified his view that there simply was not enough wing to carry the aircraft! He said it looked like a shiny spacecraft to him, shimmering in the factory lights. Having trained in lesser aircraft, however, he said that once he sat in the engineer’s position, in a nice soft seat, he thought this would be an OK way to go to war! He said the rolled it out next day and flew to Wendover (I think).

    He said that they when not carrying a payload, the aircraft could easily top 400 mph true airspeed. Possible??

    He said that his crew got him some wire to replicate the War Emergency Power wire across the throttle quadrant, so they could “goose” the aircraft for fun. (Later, they would complain that the engines needed work, and get an overhaul!) During training, he described how they would practice taking on P-51s at high altitude. He said that by waiting until the P-51 was committed to its curving attack profile from behind, they would goose the plane with WEP and turn slight inside, causing the P-51 to stall out as he tightened his turn. Possible??

    He said that taking each of the aircraft down into the Grand Canyon was a right of passage for the all crews in the group. His group did it. Heard about that? He said that Tibbetts threatened them by saying that the government was going to string cables across the canyon to discourage that kind of thing. ??

    Finally, he told me that one day they decided to see how high their B-29s would fly, and with no payload he said they touched 50,000 feet. Possible?? I thought that might be a bit crazy, but I had another friend – younger than Quent – who had been a crew chief on an RB-36H. He flew many of the missions as part of the crew, and said they regularly topped 50,000 ft, in fact he said they topped 55,000 ft when lightly loaded. Yes, a very different wing, but I think I have heard others say that B-29s could “get up there.”

    Those conversations left me with a strong view that the B-29 was pretty amazing. For sure, we can say that the B-29 was the point through which ALL aircraft designs passed, for the US, Europe and the Soviets, as well.

    Feel free to write directly if you have supporting or conflicting data on these unique Silverplate aircraft.

    Thanks,
    Ed Hart

  6. Kevin CrouseNo Gravatar
    February 4, 2010 - 8:17 am

    Steve,

    My father was with the 497th and was also one of the original XB test pilots. This is a great site. Also my uncle was a tail gunner with the 497th. He flew on GonnaMaker II with Bob Wright. He has recently found a box full of pictures from the war that we are going to go through this summer. If I find anything interesting I will let you know

  7. TNo Gravatar
    October 23, 2012 - 10:58 pm

    >l.g.christensen

    Picture of burning GONNA MAKER &firemen
    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~un3k-mn/kusyu2-yamamoto.htm

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