Boeing B-29 Superfortress by John M. Campbell

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Allen was considered to be the highest authority on stability and control of Heavy aircraft. Allen was killed in the crash of the second prototype during a flight test on December 28,1942. The 8-29 is credited with 10 missions over the "Hump" and at least 23 combat missions. ESSO EXPRESS-, 42-6242, 468th BIG, 494th BIS, 2 Yellow Rudder Stripes, she was the 29th production Superfortress to roll off of Wichita's line. On arrival at her group assignment she was given her new name. Used as a Tanker, she was stripped of all of her armament except fortail gunner's position, all armor plating, and other equipment was also removed to make a lighter, cleaner aircraft.

CITY OF BURLINGTON-, 468th B/G,762nd B/S, crashed on 27 May 1945, two crew members killed. Target: Tokyo Urban Area. CALAMITY JANE-, 42-24589, 40th BIG, 25th B/S, 4-Red Stripes. missing over Singapore on 02/01/45. BLACK JACK TOO-, 42-63451, 444th BIG, 794th BIS, Diamond, B-29116·BA, 11 combat missions and 12 "Hump flights. Final: Unknown CAJUN QUEEN-, 444th BIG, 792nd BIS, Dedicated to the 110th Naval Construction Battalion Triangle 1. CALAMITY SUE-, 42-6368, 468th BIG, 793rd BS,2-Yellow Rudder Stripes.

Henry RSullivan- till June 3,1945 Col. SelserFinal Commander Call Sign: "MASHNOTE' later changed to "OGRE". 462nd Bomb Group Commanders: Col. Richard Charmichael- from August 26,1943 till his shoot down and capture on August 20,1944 Yawata mission. Kalberer- Final Commander Call Sign: "WICKED". 468th BOMB GROUP Col. Engler- till August 3,1944. Faulkner- till November 5,1944 when he was shot down over Singapore. Edmundson- Final Commander. General Emmett O'Donnell,Jr. till wars end. Call Sign: "HUSKY" 497th Bomb Group Commanders: _ Col.

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