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  B-29-40-BW "Calamity Jane" Serial Number 42-24589  
20th AF
40th BG
25th BS

Aircraft Commander  Captain Aubrey J. Richard, O-409830 (MIA / KIA) MS
Co-Pilot  1st Lt William R. Fesler, O-750966 (MIA / KIA) IN
Navigator  1st Raymond C. Schuette, O-746758 (MIA /KIA) TX
Bombardier  1st Lt. Jim E. Miller, O-674792 (MIA / KIA) OH
FA  Walter W. Ingalls, O-482989 (MIA / KIA) IA
 1st Lt James L. Brennan, O-862229 (MIA /KIA) PA
Radio  Sgt Oliver M. Kidd, 15339204 (MIA / KIA) OH
Chief Fire Control  SSgt George W. Hanger, 15055194 (MIA / KIA) OH
Right Waist Gunner  SSgt Herbert E. Bridges, 36307086 (MIA / KIA) IL
Left Waist Gunner  Sgt Lee E. Chapman, 16055407 (MIA / KIA)
Tail Gunner  SSgt Elvin K. Fiedler, 35519985 (MIA / KIA) OH
RCM  2nd Lt. Edward R. Walter, O-866379 (MIA / KIA) MO

Crashed  February 1, 1945 at 2:00am
MACR  12020

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 40th Bombardment Group, 25th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Calamity Jane" with the nose art of a cow girl. When lost engines R-33550-23A serial numbers W461897, W461263, W461248 and W461591. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR.

Mission History
On January 31, 1945 took off from Chakulia Airfield in India on a bombing mission against Singapore. Hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire or fighter, causing the no. 3 engine to catch fire. Crashed on February 1, 1945 at 2:00am.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After the crash, the nose wreckage of this B-29 including the nickname "Calamity Jane" and nose art of a cow girl was displayed in Singapore on January 15 [sic].

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10878 page 5
The Destruction of Force Z - Our Find wreckage discovered at 60m possibly this B-29
ArmyAIrForces - Identity of B-29 Wreck found in South China Sea

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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