b-29 Superfortress "Precious Cargo" ??? 44-27294 ???

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    #1 SABURO, Jan 22, 2014
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    Hi every one,
    I recently purchase the following Photograph for my "B-29 Snapshot collection" and this time I'm really ... lost.
    The Nose Art depict a "tag" and it seems (to me) that it is written "Precious Cargo" and that the serial could be 44-27294... but due to the poor quality of the photograph I'm just gessing.
    Does anyone ever heard of a B-29 called "Precious Cargo" or, and it's a possibility if my gess is wrong, a B-29 with such nose art ?
    Many thanks in advance for you comment.
    Best regards,
    Olivier
     

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    Interesting how clear the nose vs. the rest of the picture. Are you sure this was not photo shopped?
     
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    #3 SABURO, Jan 22, 2014
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    Hello,
    I did refined the picture but it has nothing to do with that.
    It' often the case with WW2 snapshots due to the poor quality of lens and camera as well as proccessing.
    Best regards,
    Olivier
     
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    Can't help, but nice shot!
     
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    Hmmm, I am 99.9% sure it's one of the B-29-35-MO range built by Martin in Omaha. The numbers I can see when enlarged are 4272x4. The x is the part that is unreadable. Looking at serial listings for the B-29, it would be one of 4 from the same lot (B-29-35-MO);
    44-27264
    44-27274
    44-27284
    44-27294

    Looking at the Robert Mann book on the B-29,
    44-27264 was listed as "Wild Goose" with the 301st BG, written off 11/21/1952 (damaged in landing accident at Barksdale)
    44-27274 was listed with no name also with the 301st BG Written off and reclaimed at Mountain Home 7/18/1954
    44-27284 was listed with no name with the 4141BU written off and reclaimed at Pyote 9/15/1953
    44-27294 was listed with no name with the 9th BG, written off and reclaimed at Hill 8/19/1954

    Interestingly, the name "Precious Cargo" is not listed in any of the B-29 listings that I have seen, so it is a bit of a mystery.
     
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    That it is indeed....
     
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    I have not come across anything about it either.
     
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    Just went through eleven books including one that lists "all" the aircraft with noseart, and no mention of "Precious Cargo". Having said that, the name does sound familiar.

    Geo
     
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    The term "precious cargo" was often used when transporting sensitive items, like nuclear weapons.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking along the lines of C-47s and -54s.

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    Just a thought, but with the nose art looking so 'fresh' and bold, is there a chance that this aircraft was used in a movie, with a fictitious name?
     
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    Good thought, Terry. Or it may be one of those between the war aircraft that slipped through the cracks of documentation. This might be one of the silverplate B-29s.
     
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    Thanks a lot to every one for your help.
    As you said there is plenty of operational B-29 with serial # but names and names with no serial #...
    I don't think this could be a silverplate as it has his turret and no cuffs on the prop.
    Best regards,
    Olivier
     
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    Could it be the B-29, that carried the nuclear bomb from the U.S.? Did the same B-29 do the job both times or (writing from memory here) did they ship them by boat?
     
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    #15 Lucky13, Jan 27, 2014
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    Found this though....

    B-29 SN 44-27294
    Clarence Marble
    C.S. Hoeppner
    Louis Foley
    A.R. Treleaven
    A.E. Sary
    David Edwards
    D.G. Bueg
    Ray Yates
    Neal O`Neill

    She's a 346th BG 461st Sq bird....
     
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    The bombs were carried to Tinian on the USS Indianapolis. Hiroshima was bombed by Enola Gay, and Nagasaki was bombed by Bockscar.
     
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    Put it wrong there...I know about Enola Gay and Bockscar... :oops: :lol:
     
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    Dear Lucky13,
    Thank you very much for this find ,
    I will continu my research according to this ourstanding find and keep you inform on any new discovery about this particular B-29.
    best regards,
    Olivier
     
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    Always a pleasure Olivier! :D
     
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