73rd Bomb Wing Data
Over the past 20 years or so, I have been building this list of all known B-29s operated by the 73rd Bombardment Wing on Saipan, sorted by Group, serial number, nickname, and loss date. So far I have identified about 400 aircraft that flew at one time or another under the 73rd Wing banner.
This list is far from complete, and probably still contains many errors. The current revision, however, is much more accurate than previous ones, due mostly to the assistance of many good folks on the B-29 Mailing List (especially Bob Mann, Sparky Corradina, Tom Mathewson, John Dickerson and of course, Sallyann).
One caveat is in order: Some aircraft may be unavoidably listed twice. On one line you may note an aircraft recorded only by tail code or nickname, and on another line you may find an aircraft recorded only by serial number or loss date. These may be the same aircraft, but I have not yet discovered the evidence that ties the data together.
I am not an author nor a professional researcher, just an amateur historian who is fascinated with the operation of the B-29, particularly by the 73rd Bombardment Wing. Perhaps some day this data may help a professional to write the definitive history of the 73rd Bombardment Wing. If so, this "hobby" will have been worthwhile.
I encourage any and all to write and tell me if you find errors, or if you have additional information that will make the list more complete.
Many, many thanks to
the super human efforts of Tom to compile this list and most of all
for sharing it with us. Please click on the sort of your choice below!
73rd. Bomb Wing sorted by Nickname
B-29s of the 73rd Bombardment Wing Bibliography and Data Sources
Last Update 9 Nov 2005
I am always on the lookout for books and other publications about the 73rd Bombardment Wing. Please forward your suggestions to Tom Robison Thanks.