To: >Sparky Corradina
Hellow;Sparky I send you a mail at the end of Nov. but that
mail did not reach you. I asked Hap.What come ? he tought
me your address again , I found my mistake I send to wrong
email address so this time I hope this mail reach you sucessfully.
I think I might sent you a mail befor,I asked Hap If he
know a person who belonged 29th, 39th or 330Bomber Group
in314Bomber Wing.He advised me contact to you so I sent
mail but it did not reached. Now I found B-29 Reunion list:
29thBG Reunion had held Oct.10-14 at Fitchburg.MA and 39thBG
Reunion held Oct 11-14 at Wichita,KS They had the mission
254 air-raid to Kofu urban area , When that time ,I had
lived in Kofu city .I suffered air-raid .So I want to hear
the story of the mission 254 from the Pilot who flew over
Kofu. I am retired Captain with Japan Air Lines.I also have
intersted on B29 so Hap had introduced you. thank you; Hiroo
are the exchanges of e-mails that I have with Hiroo Morobosi.
I will type his messages the exact way that he sent them.
I am not trying to ridicule him. He does a lot better job
with his English than I could do with Japanese. But, it
is more interesting this way.
Mr. Pete Weiler of the 39th Bomb Group Assn. forwarded
a copy of your letter to Sparky to me.
I took part in the mission of July 6, 1945 which was a
night bombing mission on the city of Kofu, Japan. I was
the navigator for the B-29 Crew 3 of the 60th Squadron,
39th Bomb Group.
Unfortunately, I do not recall anything about this mission.
I do have vivid memories of many of the 27 missions over
Japan that I participated in, especially when something
out of the ordinary occured, but I suppose nothing eventful
happened to us that night.
I have been fortunate to be able to visit your country
four times during the past few years and I enjoyed each
visit to your beautiful country very much. Maybe in the
future I will be able to visit Japan again. Best regards
to you, Rowland Ball
Rowland I appreciated you very much for your e-mail. I want
to ask you, how many Squadron are there in one Bomber Group.
and how many B-29 Squadron have? Did you have VHF radio
on the B-29? and used it to communicate between each other
in Flight? And one more, about navigation work,what was
the main step for navigation?LORAN or Celestial Nav. or
some other equipment like a Doppler Radar. I am very glad
to hear that you have enjoyed your visit to Japan. Best
regards to you, Hiroo Morobosi
to hear from you,
answer your questions, the B-29's had a crew of 11 men.
There were 20 crews in each squadron, 3 squadrons in each
group, 4 groups in each wing and there were 5 wings in
the 20th Air Force. This totals out to be 1,200 B-29's
which were involved in the Pacific Air War. These figures
do not include the 509th Group, which was the special
Group that dropped the atomic bomb. I think that they
had only one Squadron of flying personnel.
we did have VHF and could communicate with each other
B-29's did not come with Loran installed. The reason was
that although Loran was developed and the receiving sets
were being manufactured, we did not have transmitting
stations set up yet. It was not until February, 1945 when
Iwo Jima was secured that we were able to set up transmitters.
The master transmitter was set up on Saipan with slave
transmitters set up on Iwo Jima and Pelelieu. About the
first part of May, 1945, they installed the Loran set
in our plane. Up until that date we had to use celestial
navigation. We sure were happy to get the Loran sets.
We could get a fix in about 30 seconds as compared to
about 20 minutes when shooting the stars. We also got
some help from your people. I remember one night mission
to Hamamatsu I was curious to see if I could pick up a
commercial radio station in Hamamatsu. I tuned in the
radio and picked up a strong signal from a station there.
I switched on the ADF and sure enough, the needle pointed
directly ahead on our heading. I called the pilot and
told him to just home in on that station as long as they
remained on the air. They never did go off the air until
after we had dropped our bombs.
believe that you said that you were a small boy when we
bombed Kofu. Do you remember anything about that night?
If you don't mind, tell me about it.