39th Bomb Group (VH)

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"Fifty-Second Seabees"
B-29 # 44-69792

The following photos are courtesy of Melvin Hicks, who served with the 52nd Seabees and who's unit was honored by Crew 33 in the naming of their B-29, was a guest at the 2002 39th BG Reunion in Dayton, OH.

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B-29 # 44-69792 Data
Departed US: 27 March 1945
Departed From: Salina, KS
Destination: Guam
Source: Sparky Corrandina, Historian, 40th BG Assoc
Documentation shows that on 3 October 1945, Crew 40 (Capt Lawrence Devine, AC) flying B-29 44-69792 on a training mission ditched at 1209, 8 miles West of Aguijan, Marianas 9 MIA- 1 survivor.
Source: Susan Stone, sister of 1st Lt Hammond Saddler, Pilot, Crew 40

Anyone who can help ideentify the men in the above photos or has any additional information about Crew 33 please email

61st Squadron Crew Index
Photo Source: Mel Hicks, member of the 52nd Seabees; Information Source: Sparky Corradina; Susan Saddler Stone