Air strike missions against Tinian Island heavily garrisoned by Japanese Forces during World War 2. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters of 19th Squadron taking off from Aslito Airfield in Saipan Island. P-47s in flight. Large formation of P-47s. Aerial view of Tinian Island, Mariana Islands. Aerial view of Tinian town and airstrip. P-47 strafing shows smoke rising from target area.
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.
United States Army Air Force crew at their base in the Tinian, Mariana Islands during World War II. A Army Air Force officer stands on a hoist near the cockpit of a B-29 bomber paints a picture on it. Picture of a baby wearing boxing gloves. Officer paints the baby's diaper with white paint. Soldier looks at nose art painting on the B-29 nose with written wording "Deaner Boy" on it. Another soldier walks up and looks at the nose art painting. (Note: Painter might be Lieutenant Dean C. Forburger, based on examination of image reflected back from aircraft body. Forburger was a B-29 pilot stationed at Tinian at the time, and images exist of him standing beneath this nose art. Forburger was not a member of the crew on Deaner Boy when it perished in a mid-air collision accident in February 1945. The Deaner Boy nose art was painted at least twice on this aircraft, as there are also other images of it in existence with a side-facing baby and cursive lettering for "Deaner Boy").
Writing on nose of B-29 aircraft at Red Cross Club in Tinian Island, Mariana Islands. It reads "First Atom Bomb, Hiroshima, 1945".
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.
Setting: North Field, Tinian Island in Mariana Islands, South Pacific, almost a week after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Japan, August 8, 1945, during World War II. Public Relations Officer, Major John F. Moynahan (not seen) is interviewing members of the Crew of the B-29, Enola Gay, from which the bomb was dropped. Here he interviews Captain William Sterling "Deke" Parsons of the U.S. Navy who was weaponeer aboard the Enola Gay, during the mission. and who now serves as Scientific Head of the Atomic Bomb Project in the Pacific Theater. Captain Parsons describes the events of the mission from their early morning departure through the actual bombing. He notes that the actual bombing went smoother than earlier practice missions.