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Built by Glenn L. Marin Company in Omaha, Nebraska. On December 22, 1944 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-25-MO Superfortress serial number 42-65280.
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 9th Bombardment Group, 1st Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Dina Might". Tail Code X ▵ 9. This B-29 operated from North Field on Tinian.
On March 4, 1945 (Mission 39) took off piloted by 1st Lt. Raymond Malo on a bombing mission. Damaged and low on fuel, this B-29 was the first bomber to land on Motoyama No. 1 Airfield (South Field) on Iwo Jima with fighting still underway to the west. This was the first of 2,400 emergency landings on Iwo Jima. That same day, repaired and refueled and flown back at North Field on Tinian. After additional repairs, returned to service by April 12, 1945.
Next, assigned to the 504th Bombardment Group, 421st Bombardment Squadron.
On May 23, 1945 (Mission 181) took off from North Field piloted by James L. Hardison on a night bombing mission against Tokyo in Japan. Returning, this B-29 crash landed and was destroyed. The crew survived unhurt.
On April 15, 1945 Raymond Malo went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting B-29A 42-93893
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-25-MO Superfortress 42-65280
"65280 (504th BG, 421st BS) crash landed at North Field, Tinian May 23, 1945. All crew survived, but aircraft was destroyed."
May 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports - B-29 42-65280
Aviation Safety Network - B-29 42-65280 crashed May 23, 1945
Leatherneck ‘Dinah Might’ was first bomber to land on Iwo by Charles A. Jones June 26, 2006
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