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Old 08-09-2019, 02:01 PM
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6 August and 9 August 1945





Two days and two Planes that probably saved the lives of untold Thousands of American Soldiers. It was estimated that as many as 1/2 a Million might have died trying to take Japan by conventional Warfare!

I was reading "Pineapple Air Force" and on Aug 6th Mustangs from Iwo Jima were flying missions over Japan. They saw the bright flash on the other side of the island where they were flying, but didn't think anything of it until they got back to Iwo and heard the news. On 9 August, they were again flying missions over Japan. As they were reassembling to go home, one of the pilots said, "Good God! Look at Nagasaki!" They all looked over there, saw the huge fireball, and the whole city boiling underneath. In neither instance were they warned to stay away from the target cities. They could have been flying missions over them! They flew their last mission on the 15th and were returning home with luckily no losses when they heard "UTAH" on the Radio - the code word that finally ended all hostilities!

Dad, a young man from Utah, was a chief mechanic for P-51 Mustangs on Iwo Jima when he heard of the Atomic Bombs. To his dying day, he was so happy those bombs put a quicker stop to the War!
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Whatever happened to those 2 planes?
Are they still around somewhere?
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I think one is in Wichita Ks..
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Full list of surviving birds.

https://www.b29-superfortress.com/b29-superfortress-surviving-aircraft-list.htm
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Whatever happened to those 2 planes?
Are they still around somewhere?

Both are in Museums
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