Bill Banks - I was a T/Sgt and B-29
Crew Chief with the 345th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bombardment Wing at Yokata
AFB, Japan from December 1951 through August 1952. The plane I crewed was
a B-29 that had been overhauled and revised with some new equipment, such
as Loran, that was state of the art at that time.
Flying the B-1B Simulator - After the disastrous B-29 vs. MiG-15 air battle of October 23, 1951, which later became known as Black Thursday, with the loss of several 307th B-29's to MiG-15's over Namsi, North Korea, the 3 B-29 Groups (the 19th Bomb Group, and 98th and 307th Bomb Wings) had to revert to night missions and rely on the cover and protection of darkness, with very few daylight raid exceptions for the balance of the war which ended on July 27, 1953.