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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98412
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Date:15-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:793rd BSqn /468th BGp USAAF
Registration: 42-6229
MSN: 3363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:USAAF Base A-7, Pengshan, 1 km E of Gongyi Town, Sichuan province -   China
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:AAF Base A-7, China
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Martin-Omaha B-29-1-MO Superfortress, MSN 3363. Built under licence by Glenn L. Martin Company, Omaha, Nebraska. First of five pre-production B-29-1-MO aircraft. Delivered to the USAAF 24 February 1944. Departed Smoky Hill AAF, Kansas for CBI (China-Burma-India Theater of Operations) on 15 April 1944. Assigned to 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, 7 May 1944

Written off (destroyed) when crashed at end of runway at USAAF Base A-7, Pengshan, 1 km east of Gongyi Town, in Pengshan County, Sichuan province, Southwestern China (at approximate Coordinates: 3015′53.20″N 10351′04.41″E), on a mission to bomb Yawata on 15 June, 1944.

The aircraft was immediately enveloped in flames, ammunition cooked off and the bombs exploded. Every member of the crew got out safely with only minor scratches, burns and shock.

Crew of 42-6229

Capt. R.E. Hughes Airplane Commander
2nd Lt. C.E. Troyer Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. M.H. Pickard Navigator
2nd Lt. D.C. McComas Bomb aimer
2nd Lt. S.G. Wolf Flight Engineer
S/Sgt. R.A. Singleton Radar Operator
Lt. J.B. Jett Radio Operator
Sgt. E.A. Shiver Crew Fire Control
S/Sgt. B.F. Smith Rear Gunner
S/Sgt. W.P. Scott Lower Gunner
S/Sgt. E.C. Hill Tail Gunner

During the night of 15-16 June 1944, in their first strategic-bombing attack against targets in in Japan, 47 of 68 B-29's dispatched from the 58th BW staging through airdromes in and around Chengtu, China, drop a total of 221 tons of bombs on the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan. Nine B-29's attacked targets of opportunity. One B-29 was downed by anti-aircraft fire over Yawata, and five B-29's were lost in operational accidents, including 42-6229.

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_1.html .
3. https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/b-29/b-29-42-6229-air-base-in-india-june-1944/
4. http://www.20thaf.org/groups/ac%20data/468th_AC.htm
5. https://user.xmission.com/~tmathews/b29/56years/56years-4406.html
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pengshan_Air_Base#History


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2017 18:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2017 18:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2020 15:45 DG333 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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