STORY UPDATE – Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery

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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents we work to solve a B-29’s mysterious past.  Inside the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation is B-29, 44-84053.  From the outside, 44-84053 is just an ordinary late war B-29, it’s on the inside where the mystery begins.

Unexplained seats in the aft section of the fuselage and missing records (prior to 1955) set the stage for something secret.  Was 053 part of a special forces unit post war or was she a member of a covert mission during WWII?

Find out this week on Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery.  For a complete update on the evidence we’ve discovered since the original broadcast, just keep reading.  Thanks for taking a look!

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STORY UPDATE (01/30/15):  Since broadcasting this story in 2010, Warbird Radio.com has confirmed 44-84053 was most likely used for Psychological Operations post World War II.  It’s secret mission would have been to deliver agents behind the Iron Curtain in Europe.  With help from a retired USAF Colonel (who doesn’t want us to print his name) and some clever research, it was discovered 053 has a high probability of being part the Air Resupply and Communications Service.

Documented in Apollo’s Warriors – United States Air Force Operations During The Cold War, B-29’s configured like 053 were operated by the 582nd Air Resupply and Communications Group from RAF Molesworth.  In a strange twist of fate the B-29’s that were retro-fitted for this mission were stored and re-configured at the Robins Air Force Base depot in Warner Robins, Georgia before departing for Molesworth.  Today, 053 rests on the same property.

“The required number of bombers were soon pulled from the mothball fleet at Robins AFB, Georgia, and restored for duty,some with fuselage markings still showing the number of combat missions flown over Japan.  These modifications included removing all guns for self-defense, saving those in the tail turret, and installing a “joe hole” in the former aft-belly gun turret space for parachutists to exit.  Resupply bundles would hang like clusters of melons in the bomb bay to be dropped like bombs as the plane passed over the drop zone.” – Apollo’s Warriors

Some clues to 053’s past are still highly visible.  After careful examination around wheel wells and bomb bay doors,  black paint chips still remain.  The “joe hole” can clearly be seen in the aft belly turret and many other clues have helped lead to this hypothesis.

NOTE:  At this point, the only way to definitively solve the mystery would be confirmation by a crew member or photo of 053 in action.  So naturally, we’re working on that now (grin).  We have located some very clear documentation supporting our theory but before going to print we’re going to get the full story.  If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio.com

CONTACT: matt@warbirdradio.com

QUICK LINK:  Apollo’s Warriors

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