Arming a B-29 Superfortress bomber, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 1945

Caption   Arming a B-29 Superfortress bomber, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 1945 ww2dbase
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Added Date 23 Aug 2012

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Mar 2013 07:15:00 PM

Looks like the groundcrews are checking M26 cluster bombs and M50 incenduary bombs both a divesting weapons. If anyone has more information post it here
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Mar 2013 02:32:17 PM

The B-29 also carried the M69 and the M47 type incendiaries.
The M47A2 were made from jellied-oil that were capable of spreading a forty-yard sheet of flame.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Oct 2014 09:29:18 AM


The B-29 had two bomb bays that could carry up to 20,000lbs of ordnance. Mission bomb load carried 40 500lb bombs. Incendiaries were loaded in clusters as they drop from the bomb bay's they would break apart and scatter over the target into small bombs, napalm was also carried listed above.


The B-29 could also carry four 4,000lb bombs, two British 12,000lb blockbuster bombs on outside racks, or one British Grand slam 22,000lb bomb, the B-29's two bomb bays were modified to carry this weapon.

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