It's time to start a build which has been on my mind for quite some time. When I started to research the B-29, I saw a video which contained factory as well as mission footage. One plane in particular caught my imagination.
These are the only images of the aircraft that I have been able to find.
Assigned to 871st Bombardment Squadon, 497th Group, 73rd Bomber Wing, her fin call numbers were A Square 50. Serial number 42-63418. The image below is only an example from another squadron.
The 73 Bomber Wing had failed to completely break the back of the Mushashino Engine Factory (target 357) despite repeated attempts with precision bombing. The 20th Air Force ordered a test mission against Nagoya, Japan. It was thought that torching the entire area would produce better results. The production of many components used by the Japanese war machine were subcontracted to small, family-run machine shops in residential areas, and hundreds of these small businesses produced parts for the main factories. If the factory couldn't be destroyed, perhaps all of the shops that kept the factory supplied, could.
On January 3 1945, Jumbo King of the Show, piloted by Captain Howard M. Clifford participated in Mission 17 against Nagoya Japan. Each aircraft carried 14 M-69 Incendiary cluster bombs which would release their bomblets at 8000 feet.
The Japanese fighters (Ki-61's from 55th and 56 Sentais, Zeroes from 210 Kokutai,Irving's and Judy night-fighters) flew 349 combat passes and 5 B-29's were lost. B-29 gunners claimed 14-14-20 Japanese aircraft. The Japanese documented two pilots lost on this raid.
Within 75 miles of her base at Saipan the aircraft had been flying on three engines and had run out of fuel. Because it was dark, it was decided to ditch the plane in the sea. Captain Clifford and four other crew members were rescued by the destroyer USS Grayson. Six of the crew remained missing lost at sea.
The research will continue along with the build. Any helpful comments, hints, or knowledge will be appreciated.
Thanks for looking,