B-29 Superfortress bomber 'Dinah Might' after making an emergency landing at Motoyama Airfield No. 1, Iwo Jima, Japan, 4 Mar 1945; note USMC OY-1 Sentinal of VMO-4 and MB or GPW Jeep in foreground

Caption     B-29 Superfortress bomber 'Dinah Might' after making an emergency landing at Motoyama Airfield No. 1, Iwo Jima, Japan, 4 Mar 1945; note USMC OY-1 Sentinal of VMO-4 and MB or GPW Jeep in foreground ww2dbase
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. tj says:
18 May 2010 02:27:03 AM

i have a model of dinah might one ? whot ells did it do
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
1 May 2011 06:05:37 PM


B-29 crews faced engine failure on takoff with a full load of bombs, or other inflight
mechanical failures, using more fuel because of head winds, bad weather, and hope you have enough fuel before reaching the point of no return.

This was before you reached the target once
over the target, you had to fly through flak fighters, drag due to battle damage or mechanical failure.

On the way home your faced with weather,fuel loss, battle damage, mechanical failure and
bombs that are hung up, and couldn't be dropped, faced with ditching, or with enough fuel to make it back.


Critical point in a flight in which the aircraft has insufficiant fuel to return to its starting point, due to head winds, high
fuel consumption, mechanical failure, or other causes.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
1 May 2011 07:21:09 PM

B-29 "Dinah Might" part of the 9th Bomb Group
the group was one of 5 groups of the 313th
wing, of 21 groups of the 5 wings of the XXI Bomber Command/20th Air Force.


Group letter "X", "Symbol" in center, and
aircraft identifier "9" known as the Victory
March 4th, B-29 "Dinah Might" 9th BG, low on fuel made an emergency landing at Iwo Jima on the US held side of the island, while the fighting was still going on.
She was refueled and serviced and departed for its home base at Tinian the next day.


"Dinah Might" returned to Iwo on April 12th
the aircraft took heavy battle damage, was
abandonded and salvaged

The 9th BG, 1st, 5th and 9th Squadrons had
2200 personnel and 45 B-29s and during the last seven months of the Pacific war, made raids against Japan.
2250 B-29s made emergency landings at Iwo and
22,500 crew were saved from ditching in the Ocean. Other B-29 crews that had to ditch, were saved by air-sea rescue and ships on
patrol duties.
4. Duncan says:
12 May 2012 09:32:20 PM

That is not an L-4, it is a USMC OY-1 (Stinson L-5)of VMO-4.
5. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Sep 2014 09:59:07 PM

It took 2-plus years to actually make the adjustment, but the adjustment has been made. Thank you for the information.

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