Ground crews arming a B-29 Superfortress of the 500th Bomb Group at Isley Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 1944-45.

Caption   Ground crews arming a B-29 Superfortress of the 500th Bomb Group at Isley Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 1944-45. ww2dbase
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Added Date 28 Nov 2012

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 May 2016 09:10:39 PM


B-29 is able to carry (40) 500lb bombs and deadly incendiary bombs However, it could also carry (4) bombs weighting 4,000lb each. Later in the war the B-29 was also fitted with external wing racks for even more bombs


The bomb bays were even modified to carry 1 x 22,000lb bomb or 2 x 12,000lb British Blockbuster bombs, that were carried on external racks under the wings.


The B-29 was armed w/remote controlled turrets mounting .50 caliber machine guns w/500 rounds per gun. Some crews had the ammo increase to 1,000 rounds per gun. The tail gun mounted 2 x .50 caliber machine guns and 1 x 20mm cannon However some crews deleted the 20mm cannon, in trade for another .50 caliber machine gun.


To improve the defensive firepower of a group Boeing evaluated the need for a heavily armed escort ship. Carrying extra ammo and turrets it was to provide added protection against enemy fighters. Like the multi-gun B-17 escorts once the other B-17's dropped their bombs, the escort couldn't keep up, so the program just fizzled out.
with the B-29 escort ship.
2. Janet says:
7 Mar 2020 05:38:15 PM

B-29 Shoot the Fade

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