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Japan. II might nol be 1he final. The 1\vemie1h Bomber Command may long island seventy two missions within the China/Burma/India 1hea1er, one in every of which used to be ! he longest challenge ever nown. while thirty-one B-29s left China Bay. Ceylon. 10 hit the oil refineries at Palembang. Sumatra - a 3900 mile around journey! in the meantime, on 15 June 1944, whereas ninety-four B -29s dependent in China have been anacking ambitions in Japan, a much more very important occasion used to be happening a few 1500 miles away - 1hc invasion of Saipan in 1he Marianas. On 24 August, because the military SeaBces have been pulling the completing touches to Isley box, the air echelon of the 73rd Bomb Wing arrived to start arrangements for 1he arrival of the firs1 2 lsl Bomber Command B-29s. On 12 October. common Haywood "Possum' H ansell introduced JOLTL ' J OSIE - THE PACLFJC PIO EER in10 Isley box. 'JOSIE' used to be ! he first of the various B-29s 10 come 10 the Marianas. 16 days later. eighteen B-29s carried ou1 the 1st assault from the Marianas, hjning 1he eastern sub pens within the Truk Atoll. On 24 November, 100 11 B-29s lefl 1he Marianas and headed north. Their aim - lhe Musashino plane manufacturing facility in Tokyo! II used to be 1hc first of many B-29 raids carried construction types of the B-29 have been built with sixteen foot 7 Inch Hamilton regular fullfeatheri ng 4 bladed propellers rather than the 17 foot 3 bladed propellers used on t he XB-29s. (Peter Bowers) 0 • . . • llllllOl> requirements BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS Wlngapan ........................... 141 toes 2 inches (43. 02 m) size . •.. •.. •........................ ninety nine ft (30. 1 m) Helght................................. 27 ft nine inches (8. forty five m) Empty Welght.. .................. 70,140 kilos (31,815 kg) Loaded Welght.. ................ 135,000 kilos (61,236 kg) energy plant .. •..................................... 4 2200 hp Wright A·3350-23 Cyclone 18 cylinder air- cooled engines, every one with a couple of normal Electrie B-11 superchargers Armament. ......................................... Ten zero. five inch laptop weapons and one 20mm cannon . greatest Speed............................... •375 mph (603 kmph) Cruising Speed................................... 200-250 mph (320·400 kmph) provider Celllng ... •.......... •. •...... •. •.. •.... • 31,850 toes (9,707 m) diversity .................................................. 3,250 miles (5230 km) Crew•. •.. ••••..... •........... •........ •...... ••.. •. ••••Eleven -~ =----- A line up of B-29-1s on the Wichita manufacturing unit waiting for install in their propellers sooner than supply in the course of the overdue summer time of 1943. All 40 of the preliminary Wichita-built B-29-1s, and a few Renton equipped B-29-1s, have been brought with Olive Drab over impartial gray camouflage, and Red-bordered nationwide Insignias. (Peter Bowers) Some of the 1st B-29s Into China have been stripped of all however the tail turret, and had huge gas tanks put in within the bomb bay and rear fuselage. It was once the single manner that gasoline and offers may be hauled 'over The Hump' from Indian bases to the B-29s working from China. (Dave Lucabaugh) " DING HOW'', a 444th BG B-29 at the ramp at Kwanghan, China on 25 October 1944.

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