Scrapping B29's on Tinian

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  1. GunnyNelson

    GunnyNelson New Member

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    Can anyone direct me to more pictures and history regarding the scrapping of B29's on Tinian? Breaks my heart. What was the reason? Recovery of precious metals?

    Scrapped b29s on Tinian.JPG
     
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    I've seen that same picture in a book. Not sure if I could locate it, but the caption was that they were war weary and damaged airframes that were beyond repair. As such, they were bulldozed onto a pile after critical spare parts had been removed. Space was a bit limited on Tinian, Saipan and Guam, so I doubt they had room for hulks, and I would imagine that the cost and logisitcs of returning them to the U.S. far outweighed their value as scrap.
     
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    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Youre correct. Those were not complete aircraft. Just major sub assemblies that were used for spare parts.
     
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    Gees, that is really amazing.
     
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    There are several books on the B-29 campaign. Whirlwind by Barrett Tilman and BLANKETS OF FIRE: U.S. Bombers over Japan during World War II by Werrell are both good.
    One of the books has an amazing photo of hundreds of engines. Especially early, they were so unreliable that they were replaced freely and tossed in the boneyard.
    The role of logistics in the B-29 campaign must have been astonishing. Other than a few mentions of "running out of bombs" it's not discussed much for the Marianas. OTOH it is a major subplot for the earlier attacks from India.
     
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    I watched a youtube video on the early runs from India, and it seemed that engine overheating was a huge issue at takeoff. It would be nice to find a picture of the engine boneyard and add it to this thread.
     
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