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.
Aerial view of runways, hardstands, service aprons and centers at West Field in Tinian Island, Marianas islands. 58th Bombardment Wing Base and 313th Bombardment Wing base at North Field after being captured by American Forces.
Setting: Airbase at North Field, Tinian Island in Marianas Islands. Public Affairs Officer, Major John F. Moynahan (not seen) identifies Captain Kermit K. Beahan, bombardier of the B-29, "The Great Artiste." (Note: Captain Beahan was the regular pilot of the B-29, "The Great Artiste", which was scheduled to carry the bomb. But it needed to be re-instrumented for the mission. So, instead, its crew simply switched airplanes with the crew of the B-29 "BocksCar" which was already properly configured. Thus, "BocksCar" was the airplane from which bombardier Beahan actually dropped the bomb.) When asked about his experience, Captain Beahan recalls being greatly relieved when clouds parted and the target, Nagasaki, could be clearly seen. He felt that dropping the bomb on Nagasaki, was the biggest thrill of his lifetime.
U.S. military base in North Field, Tinian Island in Marianas Islands, South Pacific. 'Enola Gay' the B-29 bomber that dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, parked on the ramp. The fuselage of Enola Gay. Name Enola Gay painted on its nose.
View of a B-29 fuselage painted with cartoon bird and lettering: 'The B.A.Bird' written beside it. [This aircraft, Serial number 42-93896, and Tail Code "Circle X, (unseen) belongs to the 1st Squadron, 9th Bomb Group, 313th Bomb Wing stationed on North Field, Tinian. Its aircraft commander is Captain Weldell H. Hutchison, and one of its Crew Chiefs is Sergeant Chester Ziel.] Next seen are B-29s on Saipan, in the Marianas Islands in World War 2 . Numerous United States B-29s parked on the field with plain "V" tail codes, indicating 20th Air Force, 73rd Bomb Wing, 499th Bombardment Group. A Group of B-29 Superfortress bombers in formation over the airbase. A B-29 lands on the runway.
Setting: North Field, Tinian,in Mariana Islands. Public Affairs Officer Major John F. Moynahan interviews Commander Frederick L. Ashworth of the U.S. Navy, who was the weaponeer on the B-29 called Bockscar (sometimes "Bock's Car") that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. He expressed initial concerns about not being able to bomb their primary target and having, instead, to proceed to their secondary target, Nagasaki.