39th Bomb Group (VH)
60th Squadron


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60th Bomb Squadron in Formation
P-8 leads P-14, P-53 (62nd BS), P-5, P-2 and P-7 in formation, taken April 10, 1945
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Photo Courtesy of Chris Athey, son of Samuel G. Athey, RG, Crew 52R
Note: Chris found this photo on

Marvin Demanzuk, Radar, P-2 recalls: We had been practicing for about 20 days since our arrival on Guam when a maximum effort practice mission was announced for April 10, 1945. Every aircraft would be involved. The target was the Maug Islands at the northernmost part of the Marianas about 250 miles north of Saipan.

It was the full dress rehearsal for our entry into combat, involving rendezvous, reforming, the bomb run and return. On completing the mission we were alerted for the 39th's first mission against Koriyama. We were briefed at 11PM on the 11th and the first plane roared down the runway at 3:09AM on the 12th. Our war was officially on.

On the Maug strike we suffered our first overseas loss, that of 1st Lt. Joe Connolly of crew P4. His was the only loss. The remaining members of Tim Gray's crew parachuted to safety and were picked up by a friendly convoy.

Combat Crews
On November 28, 1944, this crew became the 60th Squadron's first accident.
Things went fairly normal until their 6th mission - Yokohama. Flak was intense and it was then that this crew's problems began to happen. A large hole was blown open just ahead of the tail position causing them to lose control and fall out of their formation.
This crew flew approximately 8 missions as "Crew 1" ...
B-29 # 42-65367 "City of Miami" "Battlin Bitch II" - With two motors gone, too damaged to reach base, we headed for Iwo Jima. DFC Order added
 B-29 # 44-69799 "Wedding Belle" Gifu Mission - Just before we reached the IP that blue light made two passes at us and on the third pass he found us. He locked in on us and the others did the same. This really got our attention and was scary. You could not see a thing if you looked out of the window. It was like someone was standing right in front of you shining a flashlight in your eyes. The gunners could not see a thing.
 B-29 # 42-65368; On 10 April, the 60th Squadron had its first serious overseas accident; they went on to at least 12 missions and was stateside at Lead Crew School at the end of the war.
B-29 # 44-69914 "City of Eagle Rock" " Lord's Prayer"; The Tokyo mission on 25 May, our fifth, was one of the Crew 5's toughest missions. Added to the peril of heavy flak and the profusion of enemy fighters, we were beset with malfunctioning engine and bomb bay doors that wouldn't close. In addition, the thermal currents from the fiery holocaust tossed us around violently.
The original Crew 6 was ready 19 May 1945 to make a daylight formation attack on Tachikawa. The 39th Group was alerted but it was an unfortunate one for this crew. Updated: Added Accident Report file to Crash Landing Page
The 1st Replacement Crew 6 (Brinck Crew) flew 3 missions. Updated
The 2nd Replacement Crew (Tapp Crew) is listed on SO-136 dated 1 July 1945 as being assigned to the 60th Sqd. There crew's names also appear on GO-25 Battle Participation Award 16 August 1945.; Includes crew history and a synopsis of their missions.
Members were assigned to the crew in mid 1944 while at Smoky Hill Army Air Field in Salina, Kansas. They trained there and at Batista Field in Havana, Cuba until March of 1945. 
For the Otake mission, 10 May 1945, the 39th Bomb Group was chosen to lead the entire 314th Bomb Wing with P-8 acting as lead aircraft. Bombing results were spectacular.
Original crew 9: B-29 # 44-69907 was lost on their 2nd mission; photos of some of the crew.
Replacement crew 9: B-29 # 44-61524 "City Of Youngstown" aka "The Confederate Soldier" flew 22 missions.
 On 26 June, Crew 10 of the 60th Squadron established a record for the longest combat mission flown. Commanded by Lt Thomas A. Bell, the reconnaissance flight had taken them to the northernmost Japanese Island of Hokkaido.
The Original Crew 11 went down reportedly off the coast of Guam during their initial arrival to the island.
Replacement Crew 11: flew 27 combat missions and 3 POW Supply Missions.
" The Bald Eagle"; Flew 20 missions 17 combat and 3 search missions.
Original Crew: "City Of Galveston" B-29 # 44-69785; On 26 June 1945, Miranda was leading his element on a daylight strategic attack on an arsenal complex at Nagoya. This was the Group's 32nd mission. Accompanying Capt. Miranda that day as Colonel George W. Mundy, 39th Bomb Group CO, flying as command pilot. Formation was made at the assembly point just off the coast of Japan. P-13 fired the signal flare and Miranda turned the "City of Galveston" into Nagoya Bay toward the I.P. A group of five enemy "Tonys" suddenly appeared and with guns blazing attacked our element.
Replacement Crew 13: "USS Pintado"
B-29 # 44-69769 "City of Scotland Neck" aka "Southern Drawl" - Ours was lead plane in the group and we assembled our squadron at 17,500 feet. From there our group flew to the target, the Oita Naval Air Base on the northeastern coast of the island of Kyushu. The bombing run was made at 17,000 feet. The bomb load was twenty general-purpose bombs. Time of "bombs away" was 1006 Friday morning Guam time. WE MADE A GOOD HIT ON TARGET.
B-29 # 44-69763; It took a crew of eleven men to man the B-29, the plane built especially to fly the long bombing missions from Guam to the Japanese targets some 1500 miles away then back to Guam.
Original Crew 16: "City Of Cooperstown" - "On May 4 over Oita, we had some damage to the right wing, close to the fuselage; it was probably from a phosphorous shell. Fire started coming through the radio operator's compartment; MACR 14367 added
Replacement Crew 16 crew photo and roster; Crew Honor Roll - not other information available. Are you able to help?
B-29 #44-69910 "City Of Spokane" "Betty Marian "; Kushira mission on 27 April added more spice to their lives. Flak was meager but they were met with 25 fighter planes that use every possible method to knock them down. They were met with air-to-air phosphorous bombs as well as cannon and guns. Another engine lost from a 20 mm shell hitting the wing flap of Number 4. They four confirmed kills and several damaged on this one. Updated: Added DFC order; Mission Diary
B-29 # 44-69986 "Many Happy Returns"; Crew 18 was formed and trained at the Rattlesnake Bomber Base in beautiful Pyote, Texas. We were with the 6th Bomb Group (VH) out of Grand Island, Nebraska and were scheduled for Tinian Island. We were reassigned to the 39th Bomb Group (VH) as a replacement crew
 "Old Eighty One"; During the bomb run on this mission, 12 searchlights were focused on P-19. They were nearly as frightened as the extremely heavy flak. After bombs away, Capt. Wren put the plane into a diving turn left, with flak exploding behind them 
We entered a column of intense heat and smoke. We shot upward from 18,000 feet to 21,000 feet in a seemingly split second. The momentum picked Rio up and threw him to the floor, knocking him unconscious!
The men of this crew were part of the 8th Air Force attached to the 39th BG as a replacement crew in order to absorb experience which they could later pass on to their fellow crews. Updated: Added Crew IDed
Crew Member Profiles
Badgley William E.
Ball Rowland E.
Bell Thomas A.
Brinck Ricahrd G.

Callaghan Joseph F.
Castle Charles
Christ-Janer Arland F.

Cole Kirby F.
Constantine Bertrand H.
Curry Richard G.
Davis Cecil E.

Dawson Floyd A.

Day John H.
Demanzuk Marvin
Dess William J.
Edwards Asa B.
Essig John J.
Findley Willam T.
Flynn Edmund J.
Follmann Harold R.
Forbes Russell
Ford Arthur T.
Foster Warren C.
Fryzlewicz Louis
Garcia Estaban "Steve", Jr.
Geller Lester K.

Graves William M.
Gray Ralph T.

Hetherington, Donald W.
Hicks John F.
Hughes Edwin V.
Huston Elmo F.

Jesser Daniel R.
Johnson Ralph W.
Jones Elmer C.
Kolb Gene C.
Kozik Harry
Langham Frederick D.
Lemon David G.
Lewis Leo C.
Logan Hollis B.

Lynch Waring L.

Meister Daniel
Molina Jesse

O'Hara Donald A.
Ossian Lyle C.
Palomo Sebastian M.
Paruti Joseph C.
Pomiecko Victor C.
Pfeffer Harold J.
Piteo Benjamin A.
Race Francis K.

Reed Howard L.

Regopoulous James
Reilly Edward T.
Reinhold Edmont D.
Repucci Angelo P.  
Round Leonard P.

Schulman David
Schwartz Raymond L.
Shope Perry F.
Slivka Andrew P.
Sloan Lewis B.
Smith Joseph E.
Smith Thomas F, Jr.
Squire Bayard J.
Sullivan William C.
Suton Leo B.
Tapp William N.
Thompson John R.
Tilghman George C.
Tynan John R.
Vanyo Andrew J.
Wagner David G.

Waggoner, Wetsel
Walker Gordon D.
Wingo Donald H.
Wisniski Robert A.