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  B-29-50-BW Superfortress Serial Number 42-24801  
20th AF
462nd BG
770th BS

Pilot  Captain Albert Abranovic (survived) Alberta, Canada
Engineer  Rudy Thompson
Radio  Paul Myers

Crashed  May 16, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-50-BW Superfortress serial number 42-24801.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bombardment Group, 770th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 16, 1945 took off from West Field on Tinian pilot Captain Abranovic on a bombing mission against Nagoya in Japan. During the flight, the no. 3 engine caught fire on take off and the crew was ordered to bail out. All crew members survived. This B-29 crashed near West Field on Tinian and was destroyed.

Abranovic retired from the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as a Major. On April 28, 2004 he passed away and is buried National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, AZ.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-50-BW Superfortress 42-24801
"24801 (462nd BG, 770th BS) crashed near West Field, Tinian due to engine failure May 16, 1945. All 11 crew bailed out and survived, aircraft was destroyed."
FindAGrave - Albert Abranovic (grave photo)

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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