This is the original home page from 1995. Please enjoy.
page is dedicated to James E. Reifenschneider, CFC Gunner on first 8
44-70113 in 1944-1945
The B-29 Superfortress was born in response to the Army Air Corps demand for a bomber capable of flying 400 miler per hour, carrying a ton of bombs, and flying missions up to 5,000 miles. There were 3,965 of these beauties produced at four different plants, one of which was Bell Aircraft (now Lockheed-Martin) located in Marietta, Georgia. Six hundred sixty-eight B-29's were produced here. The first B-29s rolled off the production lines at Bell-Atlanta (Marietta) in February of 1944.
above) was built in Wichita, KS in late 1944. She was assigned to the
20th Air Force, the 73rd Bomb Wing, the 500th Bomb Group and carried
the squadron number 58. The Z identifies the Group. Crews flew her in
1945 in WWII combat missions over Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and Kobe, Japan.
She is credited with shooting down 3 Japanese fighters and 5 POW missions.
She flew a total of 27 combat missions one of which was on the last
day of WWII. She was decommissioned in 1956 and stored until the Marietta
B-29 association sponsored her restoration in 1994. She was assembled
and prepared through a joint effort between reserve and civilian Air
Force personnel at Robins AFB, Westover AFB and Dobbins AFB
Ray Clinkscales crew receiving medals that day are (L to R): Ray
Statistics for the B-29 are as follows:
Boeing B-29 (nicknamed the Superfortress)
(L to R): Ray Clinkscales - Pilot ( Belmont, NC), Tom Benwell
- Co-Pilot , Bob Spicer - Navigator (Lake Placid, FL),
Ed Struble - Bombardier , Jim Wride - Flight Engr (Bartlesville,
OK) Bob Kain - Radar.
Surgeon- Dr. Zimmerman, Pilot- Lt. Col. Ray Clinkscales,
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