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Old 22nd July 2018, 19:54
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B-29 loss in Korea Nov-Dec 1951

Recently, I finished reading the book "The Coldest War' by James Brady. It's the story of a Marine platoon commander in Korea.
During one night a formation of B-29s flew over,"after midnight", and the following incident happened:"When the planes had gone, I turned to go back inside. Then,off to the north, ...came the sound of another plane,trailing home after the rest. I scanned the sky and then I saw it, a brilliant spark of light in the distance...coming slowly,the sound not right...As the plane neared our lines we could see it was aflame and gliding rather than flying...[T]hen there was an explosion that canceled out the moon and blinded our night vision.When we could see again the big plane was wheeling,over and over, tumbling to earth...it hit somewhere to our left,on the forward slope and burned for a long time.
...Towards dawn there was some firing off to the left, and I thought I could hear burp guns...We heard later one of the flyers had parachuted down,landed safe and gotten up the slope to within 100 yards of the first battalion's wire. But a gook ambush was out in the snow and they caught him there and shot him before he had reached the wire. Marines chased the gooks off and went out to bring in the body. Of the other nine others from the plane nothing more was heard."

Can anyone identify the B-29? I've tried but cannot find any candidate that fits this incident.
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