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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98403
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:05-JUN-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Owner/operator:40th BGp /395th BSqn USAAF
Registration: 42-6304
MSN: 3438
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bay of Bengal, 100 miles off the mouth off the Ganges River -   India
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bangkok, Thailand
Destination airport:India
Narrative:
Boeing B-29-5-BW Superfortress 42-6304 of 40th Bomb Group, 395th Bomb Squadron, USAAF: ditched in Bay of Bengal, about 100 miles off the mouth off the Ganges River in India due to fuel transfer problems on June 5, 1944, following a raid on the railroad shops in Bangkok in what was the B-29's first bombing mission in WW.II. Two crew died and 10 crew rescued: after 24 hours they had reached a small island, where they were attended by the natives before being evacuated by a British Catalina. Crew of 62-6304 were:

Maj. Alex Zamry (missing, presumed KIA)
Lt. Ashley Briggs,
Lt. James Evans,
Lt. Joseph Phalon,
Lt. Jesse Beal
Joseph Harvey (missing, presumed KIA)
Millard Belcher,
Wayne Wiseman
Gilbert Bleyl,
W. F. O'Connell

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_1.html
3. https://www.fold3.com/image/28827867?ann=12df8780-505b-11e0-6350-007979307622 .
4. https://www.40thbombgroup.org/40thbombgroupaircraft.html
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/10548.php
6. https://www.40thbombgroup.org/40thBGHonorRollrtf.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-May-2017 22:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2017 20:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]
23-Mar-2020 15:37 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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