USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

City Of Cleveland Miss
B-29-75-BW 44-70077

39th Bomb Group, 61st Bomb Squadron



City Of Cleveland Miss Ground crew of Crew Chief SSgt Jeffery A Caron (front centre). Courtesy of Brandon DaSilva.
Ground crew of Crew Chief SSgt Jeffery A Caron (front centre). Courtesy of Brandon DaSilva.

Arrived on Guam on 5 May 45 and assigned to the flight crew of Lt H W Snow - they may have been the crew who flew her out from the USA. Its first sortie was ten days later but returned when the mission was aborted. The following night Lt Snow's crew flew "City of Cleveland" to bomb Nagoya. Seventeen further missions followed and then two "Show of Force" fly-overs when hostilities had concluded.

In addition to its "City" title, displayed on the right side, the left side of the nose sported another title "Little Bully".

On the night mission to Mito of 1 August, Snow had an engine fire which resulted in feathering the prop and flying on the remaining three for the return trip. A month later on a post-hostilities fly-over, Snow again lost an engine and this time was forced to leave the formation and return lone.

After the fighting ended, "City of Cleveland" took part in two massive formation flights over the defeated Japan in a display of American Might, before returning to the USA on 27 October.

The B-29 was readied for action again when the Korean War broke out and was assigned to 19BG at Guam and then Okinawa.It was finally sent for reclamation in mid-July 1954.


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Photo courtesy of Brandon DaSilva - Cchf SSgt Jeffery Caron and his team




 


© Ray Bowden 27 November 2021