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  B-29-70-BW Superfortress Serial Number 44-69926 Tail V-23
20th AF
499th BG
878th BS

Pilot  Lt. Col. Robert E. Haynes, O-1669114 (rescued)
Co-Pilot  Col. Walter C. Sweeney, Jr., O-18080 (rescued)
Observer  1st Lt. Richard V. Budington, O-860250 (rescued)
Navigator  Major Russell M. Vifquain, O-409919 (MIA / KIA) IA
Bombardier  Captain Lloyd W. Woodiwiss, O-663689 (rescued)
Engineer  TSgt Robert J. Bush, 12030082 (rescued)
Radio  Sgt John H. Ahrens, 37413168 (rescued)
Radar  Sgt Irwin Greenberg, 13200724 (rescued)
RTC Gunner  Sgt Kenneth M. Waters, Jr., 35814556 (rescued)
Left Gunner  Sgt Clifford D. Grant, 35927577 (rescued)
Right Gunner  Sgt Richard E. Suryaunt, 17074204 (rescued)
Tail Gunner  Sgt Donald A. Barnes, 42065866 (MIA / KIA) NY
Ditched  May 14, 1945
MACR  14430

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 499th Bombardment Group, 878th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers unknown.

Mission History
Mission 174: One of 472 B-29s that took off to bomb the urban area north of Nagoya. On the way to the target, this bomber ditched near Iwo Jima.

American forces rescued ten of the crew. Two were not found and listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

The two missing crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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