US B-29 bomber flying over Osaka, Japan, 1945

Caption   US B-29 bomber flying over Osaka, Japan, 1945 ww2dbase
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Added Date 24 Jun 2012
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Mar 2013 02:52:41 PM


B-29 of the 313th Bomb Wing looks like one of its engine could have been hit by flak and losing oil and hydraulic fluid.
313th was based on Tinian flew its first missions against Japan on February 1945.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Apr 2015 05:22:40 PM


B-29A-45-BN 44-61782 of the 313 Bomb Group, 20th Air Force having trouble with number 2 engine over Osaka, March 1945. Besides flak batteries protecting cities and industries, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and Imperial Navy flew intercepts against the B-29s both day and night.


Single-engine fighters as well as twin-engine fighters were used, carrying 20mm, 30mm and 40mm cannons. Even twin-engine bombers were modified into heavy fighters such as the Mitsubishi Ki-109 armed with nose mounted 75mm cannon and another
Ki-109 equipped with radar and searchlight acting as hunter/killer teams.
3. Ken Ehlers says:
20 Mar 2016 04:18:26 PM

Nothing is wrong with the #2 engine. That is a perfectly placed shadow of a B-29 flying directly above it. You can tell by how sharp the darkened edges are on both the wing and trailing elevator.
4. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
20 Mar 2016 07:47:52 PM

I think both Bill and Ken are correct. It appears the shadow of the aircraft from which the photo was taken is clearly seen on the wing and stabilizer as well as across the fuselage at the top turret. But within that shadow, severe oil streaks can be seen coming from the number 2 engine. Something is definitely wrong with this airplane.

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