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  B-29-50-BW "Homing De-Vice" Serial Number 42-24785 Tail Z25
USAAF
20th AF
73rd BW
500th BG
882nd BS

MIA
USAAF c1945

Pilot  Major Frank A. Roberts, O-397460 (MIA / KIA) GA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Samuel B. Porter, Jr. O-896335 (MIA / KIA) Kenova, WV
Navigator  2nd Lt. Howard E. McBride, O-811658 (MIA / KIA) Palm City, CA
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Eugene E. Pierson, O-686058 (MIA / KIA) Minneapolis, MN
Engineer  2nd Lt. William F. Kottke, O-864489 (MIA / KIA) Akron, OH
Radio  Sgt Glen E. Danielson, 37523158 (MIA / KIA) Russell, KS
Asst Radio  Pfc Arthur W. Mitchell, 32604823 (MIA / KIA) West Orange, NJ
Gunner  Sgt James A. Bailey, 33633849 (MIA / KIA) Williamsburg, VA
Gunner  Sgt Joseph P. Conte, 35056731 (MIA / KIA) Ashtabula, OH
Gunner  Sgt Charles F. Hicks, 33897030 (MIA / KIA) Baltimore, MD
Gunner  Sgt Eugene B. Wood, 38369595
(MIA / KIA) Richland Springs, TX
MIA  January 23, 1945
MACR  11386

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Constructors number 4446 Assigned to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) to the 20th Air Force, 73rd Bombardment Wing, 500th Bombardment Group, 882nd Bombardment Squadron. Tail Code Z25. Nicknamed "Homing De-Vice".

When lost, engines R3350-23A serial numbers DW 201856, DW 202062, DW 200394 and DW 201896. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report.

Mission History
Mission 22: took off from Isley Field No. 1 on Saipan as one of seventy-three B-29s on a bombing mission against the Mitsubishi engine plant and urban area of Nagoya. Weather was CAVO with visibility 4/10.

Over the target, the formation was aggressively intercepted by enemy fighters. An attacking fighter, believed to be a Ki-61 Tony made a vertical dive and opened fire on this B-29, hitting this bomber's No. 4 engine, causing it to explode in the Hamamatsu area. Damaged, this B-29 turned on its back and spun into the sea roughly 45 miles east of Daio Saki light. No one was believed to have survived the crash.

Search
No specific search mission was flown for this bomber.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).

References
The nickname of this B-29 is listed as both "Homing Device" or "Homing De-Vice" it is unclear if this nickname is associated with B-29 44-69751. Unclear of tail code Z31 or Z25.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 11386
B-29.org 73rd Bomb Wing Data Nickname - Homing Device
The B-29 Superfortress Chronology, 1934-1960 pages 91, 296
The B-29 Superfortress: A Comprehensive Registry of the Planes and Their Missions page 22, 92, 196
FindAGrave - Maj Frank A Roberts
FindAGrave - Samuel B Porter, Jr
FindAGrave - William Kottke
FindAGrave - Howard E McBride
FindAGrave - Eugene E Pierson
FindAGrave - Joseph P Conte
FindAGrave - Glen E Danielson
FindAGrave - Charles F Hicks
FindAGrave - Eugene B Wood
FindAGrave - Arthur W Mitchell

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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