The Last War of the Superfortresses

This work is an attempt by the authors to give as full and detailed a history as possible of the confrontation between Soviet fighters and the principal strike force of the United States Far East Air Force - the B-29 'Superfortress' bombers ...

Author: Leonid Krylov

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ISBN: 1910777854

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This work is an attempt by the authors to give as full and detailed a history as possible of the confrontation between Soviet fighters and the principal strike force of the United States Far East Air Force - the B-29 ''Superfortress'' bombers during the course of the Korean War between 1950-1953. Military documents, which the authors have studied over many years of work in the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Podolsk - as well as published Western sources - form the basis of this book. The recollections of pilots who served in the 64th Fighter Air Corps, and who participated personally in the events described, are also widely used. Almost all the battles that took place between Soviet fighters and the ''Superfortresses'' are analyzed in detail; the authors have, on the basis of a comparison of Soviet archive documents and data from published Western sources, attempted to clarify the actual losses on both sides in these battles. Particular attention has been paid to key events in the history of the confrontation between the MiG-15 and B-29 such as the air battles of April and October 1951, which had a significant impact on the course of the Korean War and influenced the development of military aviation in both the USSR and the USA. Following the encounters on the approaches to the bridges at Andung of 12 April 1951 Strategic Air Command decided against using ''Superfortresses'' close to the area around the MiG bases. The outcome of a series of air battles from 22 to 27 October 1951 - the most famous of which was the battle between MiGs and B-29s in the area close to the airfield at Namsi on 23 October (''Black Tuesday'') was a ban by Strategic Air Command on daylight operations by ''Superfortresses'' in the Soviet fighter''s zone of operation. These battles also influenced the technical policy of the United States Air Force in relation to strategic bombers. Extensive losses in combat with the MiGs served as one of the most influential arguments for curtailing the piston engine B-36 and B-50 bomber programs and boosting development of one of the most famous aircraft in the history of global aviation - the B-52 ''Stratofortress''. Night operations, to which the B-29s and subsequently Soviet fighters were transferred, are also analyzed in detail in this book. These nocturnal operations culminated in the air battles of December 1952 and January 1953. After sustaining losses in these battles that were comparable to those of October 1951 the ''Superfortresses'' would subsequently only carry out nocturnal sorties to the MiGs'' zone of operation in poor weather conditions. In this work, the authors have analyzed the advantages and the disadvantages of the La-11 and the MiG-15bis - the principal fighters of the 64th Fighter Air Corps - from the point of view of their ability to intercept the B-29s. Attention has been paid to the tactics of the opposing sides, and to how these changed over the course of the war. The technical aspects of the confrontation between Soviet fighters and ''Superfortresses'' have been examined, and the reasons behind the different periods of success or failure in terms of performance in combat have been identified. A great deal of statistical material has been provided in this book, which characterizes combat operations carried out by the B-29s and the fighters of the 64th Fighter Air Corps, both within the text itself and in the form of easy-to-use tables. The book is illustrated with photographs obtained both from the personal archives of veterans of the 64th Fighter Air Corps; from the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation; and US National Archives. Color profiles showing camouflage & markings are also included.REVIEWS "..Loaded with statistics and excellent narrative accounts of air to air, jet to bomber, and jet to jet engagements... a valuable research resource. And, for those, who like me, were grunts, it tells of a war we probably never knew"William E. Weber, Col - USA - Ret., Fall issue of the Airborne Quarterly Magazine

B 29 Superfortress Units of World War 2

aeroplane commander – he later flew the bomber on its 60th, and last, mission on 14 August 1945. That day, 752 B-29s raided various targets in Japan without loss, and the crews were told that the war had ended whilst they were still ...

Author: Robert F Dorr

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781782008354

Category: History

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The ultimate piston-engined heavy bomber of World War 2, the first production B-29s were delivered to the 58th Very Heavy Bomb Wing in the autumn of 1943. By the spring of 1944 the Superfortress was bombing targets in the Pacific, and by war's end the aircraft had played as great a part as any weapon in ending the conflict with the Japanese. Indeed, the final dropping of two atomic bombs from the B-29 convinced the Japanese to sue for peace. This book traces the wartime career of the B-29, as the aircraft went from strength to strength in the Pacific Theatre.

B 29 Superfortress Units of the Korean War

Returning to March Air Force Base, California, from the Korean War zone in late 1950, this Superfortress crew displays the spit and polish that was sometimes missing during the war, but everpresent in Strategic Air Command.

Author: Robert F Dorr

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781782009030

Category: History

Page: 96

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This book is the story of a majestic bomber of the propeller era flying perilous combat missions against a sleek, nimble warplane of the jet age, the Soviet MiG-15. A very heavy bomber and a sky giant during World War 2, at that time the B-29 was the most advanced combat aircraft in the world. By the time North Korea attacked its southern neighbour in 1950, the B-29 had been reclassified a medium bomber. Many of its crew members had fought their war and settled down to raise families and begin careers only to be recalled to fight another war on a distant Asian peninsula.

B 29 Superfortress The Plane that Won the War

The pumps were sucking up the last quarts and pints that swished on the bottom of the vast tanks. Without permission for an emergency straight-in approach, Avery would have to make a night landing on nearby Kobler Field—on a runway new ...

Author: Gene Gurney

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780359951888

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Korean Air War

... 1986 Hastings, M.H.M., The Korean War, Michael Joseph, 1987 Hess, D.E., Battle Hymn, Peter Davies, 1957 Jackson, R., Air War Over Korea, Ian Allan, 1973 Krylov, L. & Tepsurkaev, Yu, The Last War of the Superfortresses, Helion & Co, ...

Author: Michael Napier

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472844422

Category: History

Page: 320

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Often overlooked, the time is now right for a new account of the Korean War (1950-53) given recent political events and, in particular, the aerial aspect. With a paucity of major accounts that go beyond one side or aspect of the conflict, Michael Napier has written this meticulously-researched new volume. The war proved a technological watershed as the piston-engined aircraft of WW2 seceded to the jet aircraft of modern times, establishing tactics and doctrine that are still valid today. This wide-ranging study covers the parts played by the forces of North Korea, China, the former Soviet Union, the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa in a volume rich with combat reports and first-person accounts. This lavishly illustrated hardback will appeal to aviation enthusiasts and those with a fascination for the Korean War as we enter the 70th anniversary of the conflict.

The B 29 Superfortress Chronology 1934 1960

Last Group mission of war. 44-69831, 313BW/6BG/39BS, Unnamed. Tail code Circle R 33. Last Group mission of war. 44-61803, 313BW/6BG/40BS, Rattle N' Roll. Tail code Circle R55. Last Group mis- sion of war. 42-24880, 313BW/6BG/40BS, ...

Author: Robert A. Mann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454136

Category: Transportation

Page: 319

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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress lived an operational life of only 26 years, but what a life it was. The introduction to this book provides basic information on the physical plane: dimensions, specs, leading particulars and operational usages. Then an exhaustive day-by-day chronology of the B-29 is presented—from the earliest designs in 1934 through thousands of missions and aircraft events in World War II and Korea to the 1960 retirement of the last operational B-29. The book also includes an extensive glossary and three appendices, which provide a discussion of the general anatomy of a mission, a sample of operational voice or radio codes used in 1945, and a guide to (very unofficial) aircraft names.

The World s Most Powerful Military Aircraft

The Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 vs B-29 over Korea. Solihull, UK: Helion and Company, 2016. Marston, Bob. Harrier Boys Volume 1: From the Cold War through the Falklands, 1969-1990. London, UK: Grub Street, 2015.

Author: Thomas Newdick

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781499465907

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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Ever since man first took to the air, combat aircraft have been at the cutting edge of aviation technology, resulting in some of the greatest and most complex designs ever built. The World’s Greatest Military Aircraft features 52 of the most important military aircraft of the last hundred years, including everything from biplane fighters and carrier aircraft to tactical bombers, transport aircraft, multirole fighters, strategic strike aircraft, and stealth bombers. Each entry includes a brief description of the model’s development and history, a profile view, key features, and specifications. Packed with more than 200 artworks and photographs, this is a colorful guide for the military aviation enthusiast.

West Point Graduates and the United States Air Force

The Last War of the Superfortresses: MIG-15 vs. B-29 over Korea. West Midlands, England: Helion, 2016. Kurson, Robert. Rocket Men—The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon.

Author: Charles F.G. Kuyk, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476680941

Category: History

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West Point graduates played a central role in developing U.S. military air and space power from the earliest days of mechanized flight through the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947, and continuing through the Persian Gulf War. These graduates served at a time when the world's greatest wave of technological advancement occurred: in aviation, nuclear weapons, rocketry, ICBMs, computers, satellite systems in inner space and man in outer space. This history traces the advancement of weapons and space technology that became the hallmark of the U.S. Air Force, and the pivotal role that West Point graduates played in integrating them into a wide variety of Air Force systems and programs. Many became aircraft commanders, test pilots, astronauts and, later in their careers, general officers who helped shape and implement technologies still in use today.

Superfortress

Highly praised when it was first published, this new edition is complete with photographs, a new introduction, and statistical tables.

Author: Curtis E. LeMay

Publisher: Westholme Pub Llc

ISBN: 1594160392

Category: History

Page: 209

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"A fascinating history of a remarkable aircraft."--Edward Jablonski "An eloquent tribute." --Publishers Weekly "Superb. . . . an excellent history." --General John T. Chain, Jr. USAF Among the most sophisticated aircraft flown during World War II, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was designed to replace the B-17 as the primary long-range bomber of the U.S. Army Air Forces. With its distinctive glazed nose and long, thin wings that provided both speed at high altitude and stability at takeoff and landing, the Superfortress was the first operational bomber with a pressurized crew cabin and featured advanced radar and avionics. Armed with remote-controlled machine gun turrets and a 20,000 pound bomb load, it was the first USAAF bomber capable of mastering the vast distances of the Pacific Theater of World War II. The prototype flew in September 1942 but a series of post-production modifications delayed the bomber's first mission until April 1944. Superfortresses began attacking Japan in daylight with conventional ordnance from high altitude, but their mission was redirected in March 1945, with massive low-level formations dropping incendiary bombs! at night on Japanese cities. The ensuing firestorms, followed by the complete destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs dropped from two specially modified "silverplate" B-29s, forced Japan to cease fighting. Written by the man who led the B-29 into combat, Superfortress: The Boeing B-29 and American Airpower in World War II is an important document of one of the most turbulent times in world history. General Curtis LeMay recalls the early debate about whether or not the United States needed a long-range bomber, how the B-29 was created and produced despite the enormous logistical difficulties of the design, and the decision to conduct fire-bombings against Japan and ultimately drop the atomic bomb. Highly praised when it was first published, this new edition is complete with photographs, a new introduction, and statistical tables.

The B 29 Superfortress

Multiple entries are included for those aircraft serving combat tours in both World War II and Korea, ... In this case, the last three or four digits, preceded by a “BF,” signifying B-29, were painted in large numbers on the nose, ...

Author: Robert A. Mann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786444588

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

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The B-29 Superfortress was, for many years, one of the cornerstones of American military aviation. While it is best known as a bomber, it also served in military and weather reconnaissance, as a tanker, and as a rescue plane. The B-29 has a long and storied history, and was a crucial tool for American and Allied forces during World War II, Korea and beyond. This operational history of the B-29 gives in-depth information on the career of each plane. A brief introduction explains each section. There is a list of the names and serial numbers of the planes, each plane's history from delivery date to removal from service, a description of the B-29's physical characteristics and performance parameters, and a description of the five B-29 variants. Sections of the book give complete mission data for the B-29's World War II service in the China-Burma-India theater of operations, operations over Japan, aerial mining missions and test atomic bombing runs. Mission lists are provided detailing the B-29's service in Korea, and there is a list of B-29s loaned to the British Royal Air Force. A list of definitions, acronyms, and abbreviations for relative terms is included. An appendix provides a matrix reference system for determining full serial numbers from the last three digits, and there is a bibliography.