Remains of USAAF B-29 number 42-65283 from the 9th Bomb Group, 99th Bomb Squadron, that crashed, 30 March 1945, in World War 2, on Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands. All crew members were immediately killed in the crash, except tail gunner, Sgt. Joseph C. Trullo, Jr., who initially survived but died of his injuries, five days later, and the sole survivor, Radio Operator, Sgt. James Langraf who was injured but eventually recovered. Air Force personnel inspect debris that is scattered across the crash site in sand dunes close to the ocean in the background.
Remains of United States Army Air Forces B-29A Super fortress that crashed on March 30, 1945, at North Field, Tinian,in the Northern Mariana Islands. Scattered debris on ground. Remaining piece of tail section displays serial number 265283 indicating it is B-29 number 42-65283, nicknamed "Big Wheel," from the 9th Bomb Group, 99th Bomb Squadron. Reportedly, it experienced mechanical problems during a mission to drop mines in Japanese waters. After jettisoning its munitions, it returned to Tinian, but crashed on the shore. Of the 12 crew, only the radar operator survived.
Remains of a United States Army Air Forces B-29 Super fortress that crashed in Tinian, Northern Marianas Islands during World War 2.Opening scene shows remains of two engines and bent propellers from the crashed B-29. Ocean and a B-29 coming in for a landing are seen in background. Two destroyed engines and props along with partially intact empennage, are the only recognizable parts of the airplane. Aircraft debris is scattered close to the beach. Three Air Force personnel stand looking over the wreckage.
Members of U.S. Army Air Force 73rd Bombardment Wing paint the undersides of B-29 Superfortresses black for night –flying camouflage in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands during World War II. Men stand on ladders and paint the underside of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Side view of the B-29. B-29s are lined up and are painted.
U.S. B-29 bombers of the 73rd Bomb Wing, at Isley Field, Saipan, during Second World War in Pacific. Seen are those of the 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "V") and 498th Bomb Group (Tail Code "T"). Also seen are B-29s of the 314th Bomb Wing, stationed on Guam, including those of the 29th Bomb Group (Tail Code "O") and the 330th Bomb Group (Tail Code "K "). Load of bombs on trailer. Bombs under B-29s which are ready for loading. Ground Crews turning props through on B-29s prior to starting. Flight crews boarding aircraft. Briefing chart of mission showing courses from Marianas Islands to Japan and back. Ground crews stacking bombs near aircraft. Brief glimpse of a surfaced submarine underway. Lines of B-29s taxiing and taking off.
B-29 taking off from Isley Field, Saipan, during World War Two. View of Pilot at controls. View from nose of aircraft as it flies very low over ships in the water. Crew members in flight gear plus mae wests are sweating from tropical heat at low altitude . B-29s moving as they taxi to line up for takeoff. A C-46 flies overhead. Seen are B-29s of Saipan-based 73rd Bomb Wing's 497th Bomb Group (Tail Code "A"), 499th Bomb Group (Tail Code "V") and 500th Bomb Group (Tail Code "Z"). Also seen are aircraft of the 314th Wing, stationed on Guam, including those of 39th Bomb Group (Tail Code "P") as well as B-29s of the Tinian-based 313th Wing's 9th Bomb Group (Tail Code "X") and 6th Bomb Group (Tail Code "R"). Views of the B-29s taking off. Name on one aircraft, "The Rocket," can be seen. B-29 taking off directly over camera. Ground operations and departures being controlled by a controller/dispatcher on radio telephone. Formation of B-29s overhead. Interior of a B-29 in flight, showing gunner relaxing at his position. View of crew inside B-29