|Pilot Captain Albert Abranovic (survived) Alberta, Canada
Engineer Rudy Thompson
Radio Paul Myers
Crashed May 16, 1945
Built by Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as
B-29-50-BW Superfortress serial number 42-24801.
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 462nd Bombardment Group, 770th Bombardment Squadron.
No known nickname or nose art.
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."
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January 5, 2018