No B-29 in Korea

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Tech Sergeant
Feb 18, 2018
Inspired by another thread (Mosquito instead of B-17).

What if:
- There are no B-29s available for the Korean war
- US air strategists decide that "Mosquito" type raids are the best against any target in the theatre, including industry, infrastructure, cities, etc.

1. What aircraft is/are the best for the job (available already or that can be quickly brought into service):
a. June-October1950, until MiG-15s arrive?
b. November 1950 to the end of war?
2. What is the counter-strategy of the Soviets and Chinese?
The A-26 is probably the best choice.
When the MiG-15 arrives, the Western forces have the F-86 available, plus the A-26 can do the night bombing when outfitted with necessary electronics.
See Joe Baugher's web page,

For an overview of what the B-29 was doing.
Then try to decide what alternatives might present themselves.

Like the B-29s were flying from Japan and from Okinawa which would a be a long mission for A-26/B-26s.

If the B-29s were scraped and not available would have B-50s been available?
Would have been B-45 Tornados been built in bigger numbers?

It does look as though the B-29s, after a number initial troubles, did manage to hit just about all major targets just before the Chinese ramped up things in Nov of 1950.?

For the second half of the war, maybe. The RAF's first Canberra squadrons didn't equip until 1951. Following service induction and operational training though, the Canberra could have been a useful weapon, particularly with its impressive altitude abilities, the Canberra B.2 could cruise at around 50,000 feet, but bombing accuracy would have been affected.
US air strategists decide that "Mosquito" type raids are the best against any target in the theatre, including industry, infrastructure, cities, etc.

Then just bring her back - you know you want too! :)
And look at that range...

But how many Mossies are available in 1950, in serviceable condition?

Hi Dimlee.
Never a serious contender - but that scan above is a snapshot for 1953. By 1955 it was down to Burma (F.B.6), Yugoslavia (N.F.30), Israel (F.B.6 and B.9) and Sweden (N.F.19). Belgium and Israel had the T.3 trainer. "A few (B.35) remained with the RAF." No numbers given.
In Sky Guardians - by Michael Gething - he mentions six fighter squadrons (Nos 23, 25, 29, 141, 219 and 264) operating NF36s in front-line service until 1953. No numbers given.
Not the B-32 instead, if no B-29?
The B-32 was conceived as an alternative to the B-29, in the event that the B-29 program either flopped or was excessively delayed.

So there is a chance that it might have been developed independently if the B-29 never was, but it might have been a bit different, since the B-32 was designed linear to the B-29's specifications.

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