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Old 22nd August 2022, 18:40
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Re: American aircraft photos 8 - 12

Ed- a few short notes on these.......


Photo 1. 22BG, 19 or 33 BSs (white or yellow bands). Okinawa 8/45.
2. 90BG Ie Shima 8/45. Last 3 numbers on squadron colour tails.
3. (B-24M) 528 / 380 Okinawa 8/45.
4. C-46 Phillipines 1945 ( "X" designator = 375TCG ).
5. (F-13) 42-93852, she photographed Tokyo for the first mission to the capital, from Saipan. 3rd PRS.
6. 678 / 444BG lead aircraft ( striped fuselage band, the band in squadron colour). Early markings from Dudhkundi, India 1944. Cobra insignia.
7. Probably 29BG Guam 1945.
8. 676 / 444 Tinian 1945; "Eleanor / Jo" 42-65337, damaged and landed on Iwo Jima.
9. I think this is 42-24736, 678 / 444 belly-landed Feb 1 1945, cobra badge (738 was 45 / 40BG "Honeywell Honey" ).
10. 676 / 444BG 42-24538 with Dragon insignia, tail marking Diamond 24.
11. "Blue Bonnet Belle" 42-6307 , 679 / 444 with winged bull insignia. To 676BS, still with Bull badge, when the 4th sqn. in B-29 Groups was disbanded in Oct. 1944. Tail Diamond 25.
12. 676 / 444, the "Reluctant Dragon" squadron badge (not approved until June 45).

Nick

Last edited by Buckeye30; 28th August 2022 at 17:05. Reason: added sqn.
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