B-29 Superfortress: A Comprehensive Registry of the Planes and Their Missions

ISBN: 978-0786444588
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This book does not lend itself to review in the same way as most World War II books because in the best sense, this is a reference book. As far as story goes, B-29 Superfortress has a plot-line about like the phone book (if anybody still remembers what a phone book was). But as a reference book within its own narrow field, this one is Aces.

As the title says, the book is a comprehensive registry of B-29 aircraft and the missions they flew. The book is divided into ten sections:

The Master List has much the same type of information as what Dave Osborne's very authoritative "B-17 Fortress Master Log" has for B-17s, although the two are arranged quite differently. Then with his other nine sections, most notably the Names section and the Mission lists, Robert Mann takes B-29s far beyond the reach of the B-17 Master Log.

In amongst all of the other B-29 missions, the book catalogs the firebombing raids against Japanese cities and the two atomic bombing raids against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book has no discussion of the morality of these missions, however, for that would go beyond the scope of the book. The book simply marks that these missions happened, dispassionately and without judgment, just as the phone book might list Funeral Homes right after Fun and Games.

For me, personally, I bought this book because I wanted a reference book just like this one that was on this book's topic and I got exactly what I was hoping for. I am one for seeking out the cold, hard facts of the matter and when it comes to the facts about the B-29 Superfortress, this is the book for me.

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1. Anonymous says:
16 Jul 2018 09:38:02 PM

My recently deceased dad was a 20th Airforce mechanic on Okinawa and Japan. B29s to B47s. He never wanted to talk about it. A few tales of shot up 29s, that's all.
2. Anonymous says:
2 Oct 2018 03:40:06 PM

Would this help me find my Dad’s crew/plane? He was in the 19th Bombardment Group, 93rd Squadron Guam 1945 Bombardier. He received the Purple Heart. He is in a video posted on you tube from Guam
3. Barry West says:
29 Mar 2019 03:48:23 PM

Searching for info on B-29 tail # xx9783. My wife's father was pictured next to that aircraft. Looking for where / to what organization that aircraft was assigned.


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