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  B-29-15-BA "Were Wolfe" Serial Number 42-63423 Tail A28
USAAF
20th AF
73rd BW
497th BG
870th BS

Commander  Captain Elmer G. Hahn, O-478847 (POW, died) Idaho Falls, ID
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Eugene J. Redinger, O-683059 (POW, died 5-26-45) NJ
Navigator  2nd Lt. Robert C. Frazier, O-696081
Bombardier  1st Lt. Harry Lowe, Jr. O-683150 (KIA) Blackstone, VA
Engineer  1st Lt Herbert Edman, O-868105 (POW, died 5-26-45) NY
CFC Gunner  SSgt William J. Kennedy, Jr., 31361062
Gunner  Sgt Clifford A. Myhra, 16119171 (WIA, POW, died 2-10-45)
Gunner  Sgt Joseph F. Barr, 35097114
Radar  SSgt Lowell E. Lovvorn, 34334018
Radio  SSgt William Overmire, Jr. 16119171
Tail Gunner  Sgt Chester C. Cyran, 11108368

Crashed  January 27, 1945
MACR  11620

Aircraft History
Built by Bell-Atlanta. Assigned to the 497th Bombardment Group, 870th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Were Wolfe".

Mission History
On January 27, 1945 took off from Saipan on a bombing mission against the Nakajima Aircraft Factory (Musachino Aircraft Engine Factory) in Musashino, a western suburb of Tokyo. Poor weather, intense flak and fighters attack the formation. This bomber claimed a fighter shot down. Between Hamamatsu and Kofu this B-29 was shot down by J1N1 Irving, causing it to explode and brake into two piece after being hit in the bomb bay. Crashed near Shbazoe-Dogenji, Fujinomiya City.

POW Fates
Although no survivors were observed by the other B-29s, seven did bailed out, but three had parachute malfunctions, four landed and were captured and sent to Tokyo. Sgt Myhra died of his burn wounds on February 10th in Saitama Prefecture Army hospital. The other three died when their Army POW prison at Shibuya was hit on May 26, 1945 by a B-29 fire bombing attack.

Memorials
Postwar Lowe is buried plot Q, row O, grave 1007 at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl). Hahn, Edman and Redinger were officially declared dead on May 26 and is listed on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl)

References
Missing Air Crew Report 11620 (MACR 11620)
Note, some sources list the nickname of this B-29 as "Werewolf", MACR lists as "Were Wolfe"
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF page 72-73 covers this mission and losses.
Thanks to Tom Britton for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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