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Last updated: 31 July 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29A Superfortress
Owner/operator:33rd BS, 22nd BW, USAF (33rd BS, 22nd Bomb Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 44-62279
C/n / msn: 11756
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea of Japan, 5 miles off Okinawa -   Japan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
Destination airport:Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
Boeing B-29A-70-BN Superfortress 44-62279: Delivered to the USAAF 19 February 1946. Assigned to 98th Bomb Group, Spokane AFB, Washington. Re-Assigned to 33rd Bomb Squadron, 22nd Bomb Group, March AFB, California. Redeployed to Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan for Korean War Operations

Written off (destroyed) on combat operations 19 October 1950: The heavy bomber left Kadena AB, Okinawa, for the Combat Operations in the Korea War theater. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing, the engine number one developed trouble and the aircraft was too heavy to return immediately to Kadena AB for a safe landing. The crew decided to jettison some of the bombs stored in the bomb bay to lighten the aircraft. Although the bombs were dropped in a safe condition, some of them exploded while impacting the sea.

Fragments of the bombs severely damaged the airplane to the extent that the control wires were severed, and it was necessary to ditch in the sea about five miles from the end of the runway at Kadena AB. Eight crew members were killed while three others were injured. Crew of 44-62279 included:

Anderson, S/Sgt. Clarence D. - injured
Archerd, M/Sgt. James O. - KIA, body recovered
Brandon, S/Sgt. N.Y. - KIA, body recovered
Davis, Captain George Arthur Jr. (co-pilot) - KIA, body recovered
Edgington, S/Sgt. Richard - injured
Gandin, Captain David (navigator) - KIA, body recovered
Kusel, S/Sgt. Harold L. - KIA, body recovered
LeMaster, M/Sgt. Lester E. - KIA, body recovered
Martin, Major John G. - KIA, body recovered
Stowers, Captain Frederick P. - injured
Wohlgemuth, S/Sgt. Edward Jerome - KIA - body not recovered
Willis, Major Robert F. - KIA, body recovered



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Revision history:

19-Dec-2009 11:21 harro Added
03-Sep-2011 05:22 Uli Elch Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
20-Jun-2017 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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