A good friend of mine flew 50 missions in one. The first 12 were the short missions to Iwo Jima and back, before it was captured. The rest were all over Japan, 12 to 13 hour missions. His missions were flown from the island of Saipan. The plane number was V SQUARE 54. I have a short video of the plane, on a VHS tape for about three seconds, from a documentary on the history channel.
Many years ago, he and I went to an air show where Fi Fi was featured. The Confederate Air Force had her there for tours. My friend asked if he could get in to the rear compartment, where he flew his missions as a gunner. When my friend mentioned his 50 missions from Saipan, the look on the Confederate Air Force guys face is one I will never forget.
It's an honor and privilege to know the man.
Four, Wright 3350 Radials, at full song. Priceless!!
Most history 'buff's' know that Col. Paul Tibbets piloted the B-29 "Enola Gay" and dropped the first A-Bomb on Japan, so what B-29 and pilot dropped the second one??(let's do this from memory, stay off the net!) LOL