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B29 Formation Photos?

Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:52 am

I've heard that during the victory celebrations in Tokyo Bay following the Japanese surrender in WWII that there was a single mass formation of over 300 B29s that did a flypast... does anyone have any pictures or anecdotes to share about this event? The best I can find from that day is this picture of what appears to be mostly navy single engined planes doing a flyby, still pretty mind blowing, but I'd love to see what a sky completely full of superfortresses would look and/or sound like.


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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:55 am

Another note- it seems crazy that so many of the photos of the pacific war seem so horribly grainy and old, when looking at some of the crystal clear color photos from the european theater later in the war. I guess it was the nature of a naval war that the cameras and film couldn't be as good as what was being used in Europe, but surely there were better cameras on hand for the victory signing?
 
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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:46 am

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 1):
it seems crazy that so many of the photos of the pacific war seem so horribly grainy and old, when looking at some of the crystal clear color photos from the european theater

They used Canon in Europe, Nikon in the Pacific  
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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:09 pm

Quoting moose135 (Reply 2):
They used Canon in Europe, Nikon in the Pacific

Now that's funny!  
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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:35 pm

Here is one taken from the USS Missouri, BB63 with four B-29s overhead. I believe the picture was taken just as the Japanese deligation was arriving aboard her to sign the surrender documents;

http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/016315c.jpg
 
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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:31 am

There was no mass formation of B-29's. They flew over in 67 smaller 9 plane groups. There were around 600 B-29's in a
the total flyover force of 3500 warplanes. My father was a Bombardier/Navigator on B-29's in the 20th Airforce ,but was on his way home just prior to the end of the war. All of the B-29's involved in the flyover were from the 20th Airforce as they were the first to arrive in the Pacific region during the month of April ,1944. After doing their first flyover the groups were to fly north then turn and do a second flyover. However some crews decided to do a little siteseeing and broke formation and flew off on their own, buzzing areas of Tokyo and the Missouri itself. When they arrived back on Tinian there was a nasty dispatch from Gen. MacArthur complaining of the unprofessional conduct of the crews

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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:29 pm

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 1):
Another note- it seems crazy that so many of the photos of the pacific war seem so horribly grainy and old, when looking at some of the crystal clear color photos from the european theater later in the war. I guess it was the nature of a naval war that the cameras and film couldn't be as good as what was being used in Europe, but surely there were better cameras on hand for the victory signing?

A heckuva lot of those photos from the pacific were originally color negatives. Many images were then transferred to black & white for newspapers etc...so often we are seeing a copy of a copy.

For Example, we commonly see an image like this:


When the original was something like this:


The examples above are not the exact same photo, but I think you see what I mean.  
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RE: B29 Formation Photos?

Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:53 am

I do, shame that we don't have such ready access to the lovely color originals, having color in photos from that era really adds a touch of reality to the events of the past that otherwise seems to be detached from B&W photos.

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