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The Official 444th Bombardment Group Association

676th / 679th

Bombardment Squadrons

Lists compiled by Bill Howe & Sparky Corradina, with very special thanks to Guido Ransleben for many corrections and identifications from his war-time journal. Additional information & identifications provided by Robert Mann and the 444th BG Assoc. Membership.

   

676th Insignia                   679th Insignia

Squadron Color: Green      Squadron color: Blue

Aircraft marked with Squadron color on nosewheel,  stripe on fuselage (just aft of the wing),  and stripes on the engine nacelles.  The Bomb Group tail markings and paint schemes are as follows:

INDIA:  Dark Blue Diamond with yellow aircraft number in center.  Most B-29s were unpainted,  but some of the first few were painted Olive Drab with light green underside.

TINIAN:  Very Large "Triangle-N".  Unpainted,  new B-29's arriving from the U.S. had factory painted dark black underside.

Listed Alphabetically:

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

Better 'N' Nutin (42-24538)

(c) Charles Harper

CBI Markings: Diamond #24  -  Tinian Markings: Triangle N #24

Originally named "Monsoon Goon" - Better N Nuttin - 676th bomb Squadron:  25 bombing missions, 24 hump missions, 2 mining missions, 1 Jap shot down, ship hit 8 times. Returned to U.S.A. as war-weary sometime in 1945

 

Blue Bonnet Belle (42-6307)

From the book "58th BW History" (c)Turner Publishing

CBI Markings:  Diamond # 25

Lost over the "Hump" sometime in 1944

 

Defiant L-assie (42-6280)

No Photo

CBI Markings:  Not Assigned

Fate Unknown

 

Ding How (42-6225)

(c) Mark Miller

CBI Markings:  Diamond #16 & #71

The VanWingerden crew (Crew #12), flying aircraft 42-6225, “Ding How” were, along with the rest of the 444th Bomb Group, one of the first B-29 crews to see action against the Japanese in the China/Burma/India theatre in 1944.  By October of 1944, this crew had flown eight “Hump” missions (over the Himalayas between India and China) and three bombing missions against enemy targets (Yawata, Japan, 15 June; Okayama, Formosa, 14 October; Omura, Japan, 25 October).

All but three of the VanWingerden crew were lost on December 24, 1944, when their new aircraft 42-63458, “Wing Ding”, crashed on takeoff from the Dudhkundi base in India.  The survivors were VanWingerden, Miller and Warner.

Roster of the Nicolas VanWingerden crew: 

Capt. Nicolas VanWingerden, aircraft commander (far right)

1st Lt. William C. Jennings, co-pilot (2nd from right)

1st Lt. Wendell F. Geiwitz, navigator (3rd from right)

1st Lt. Albert E. Woltz, bombardier (4th from right)

M/Sgt. Uline C. Miller, engineer (6th from right)

T/Sgt. Thomas J. Maxham, radar operator

S/Sgt. Samuel E. Davis, radio operator

S/Sgt. Kenneth C. Carlson, CFC gunner

S/Sgt. Rex T. Phelps, right gunner

S/Sgt. Martin T. Warner, left gunner

S/Sgt. Scott C. Baker, tail gunner

 

Dragon Lady (42-65277)

(c) Read Vaughn

CBI Markings: Diamond #20  -  Tinian Markings: Triangle N #20

Dragon Lady - 676th Bomb Squadron: 9 bombing missions, 2 hump missions, 1 photo mission, 1 Jap shot down.  Ship and crew lost in Combat 05/26/1945

 

Dragon Behind (44-86247)

Tinian Markings:  Unknown

Fate Unknown

 

Fire Belle (#44-61653)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c)20th AF Album

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #22

Survived the war, reclaimed at Davis Monthan 05/10/1954

 

Flyin' Jackass / Undecided (42-24580)

(c) 20th AF Album

Named Undecided - Markings Unknown

Re-Named "Flyin' Jackass" - Triangle N #18

Fate Unknown

 

Flying Stud (42-6320)

No Photo

CBI Markings: Unknown

Abandonded, engine fire - 10 miles NW of Sui-Ning China on 8/20/1944

 

Flying Stud II (42-24464)

(C) Read Vaughn

CBI Markings: Diamond #22  -  Tinian Markings: Triangle N #22

Returned to U.S. as War-Weary on 06/15/1945

 

FUBAR (42-63378)

Moore Crew Pictured - From The Book "444th BG Very Heavy Special" (out of print)

CBI Markings:  Diamond #20

Returned to U.S. as war weary Feb. 1945

 

FU-KEMAL (42-6352)

(c) Pat Miller

(c) Howe Family

(c) Charles Harper

CBI Markings:  Diamond #21

Fu-Kemal - 676th Bomb Squadron: 9 bombing missions, 30 hump missions, 6 Jap boats sunk. Ship retired and sent home sometime in late 1944

 

FU-KEMAL-TU (42-24720)

(c) Steve Kelleher

CBI Markings: Diamond #11  -  Tinian Markings: Triangle N #11

Ditched after POW supply mission - August, 1945

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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Ho Hum (44-70123)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c)20th AF Album

Assigned to 444th on 05/26/1945

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #16

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Tinker 10/04/1954

 

Hombicrismus, CBI Tanker (42-6317)

(c) Howe Family

(c) Charles Harper

CBI Markings:  Diamond #27

CBI Tanker Conversion - Returned to U.S. in December of 1944

 

HUN-DA-GEE (44-61546)

(c) Steve Kelleher

CBI Markings:  Unknown

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #20 (after 05/29/45)

Survived the war - Reclaimed at McClellan 09/27/1954

 

Jo [aka Eleanor] (42-65337)

(c)USAF

CBI Markings:  Diamond #29

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #21

Battle Damage, Salvage on Iwo (05/24/1945)

 

Lady Frances (44-61670)

(c) Steve Kelleher

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #25

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Davis-Monthan 05/10/1954

 

Lady Marge (42-24485)

(c) R.L. Sharp

Returned to U.S. with crew in early 1945

CBI Markings:  Diamond #28

Lady Marge - 676th Bomb Squadron. 25 bombing missions.  22 hump missions.  5 Japs shot down.  Hit by flack twice.

 

Lady Marge II (42-63399)

No Photo - No Info.

 

Large Charge (ser. # unknown)

No Photo - No Info.

 

Lil Herbert (42-63378)

(c) Charles Harper

(c) Katie Kirk

CBI Markings:  Diamond #26

Tinian Markings:  Unknown

Fate Unknown

 

Lucky 13 (44-70149)

(c) Art Fayta

Assigned to 444th 06/01/1945

Tinian Markings:  Triangle-N #13

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Tinker 08/08/1954

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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Male Call (42-63537)

(c) Ray Archer

CBI Markings:  Diamond #13

Tinian Markings:  Crashed before Tinian Markings were applied

GHQ/SCAP Records describes as follows:


     Date of crash      25 May 1945
     Place of crash     2 Mizue-cho, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture


     Crew List:
     Capt. David G. Sims - A/C - KIA
     1LT Clark A. Neal - P - KIA
     1LT Lawrence E. Markery - N - KIA
     1LT Marlet G. Shroeder - B - KIA
     1LT Ralph J. Harris - FE - KIA
     1LT Sterling L. Johnson - Radar Op - KIA
     T/Sgt Joseph F. Stinardo - RO - KIA
     T/Sgt Harold C. Rushford - CFC - KIA 
     S/Sgt Glenn B. Guyton - RG - POW
     S/Sgt Michael J. Robertson - LG - POW
     Cpl Charles E. Carrick - TG - KIA

     Date of Recovery   29 Dec 1945
     Place of Recovery  Iriegaski, Kwasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
     Personnel          1. Clark E. NEAL            Grave 362
                        2. Mablet G. SHROEDER       Grave 360
                        3. X-135                    Grave 361
                        4. X-136                    Grave 364
                        5. X-139                    Grave 363
                        6. X-141                    Grave 386
     Appendix
     1. The B29 crashed in the dock area of Kawasaki City. The plane was completely broken and the dead bodies of the airmen were hard to be recognized.  But some pieces of the bodies were buried near the crash site by the Japanese people.
     2. The remains of 5 bodies were found in an unmarked grave in a field near Iriegasaki, Kawasaki City. They were not placed into the grave in any particular order. Bits of metal werer found sticking in the bodies, an apparent result of the crash.
     3. The remains of one body, which had not been buried, was recovered by
S/Sgt Harold Ellis, Provost Marshalls Office, 7th ASCA.
     4. Wreckage of the plane was scattered around the area for about 300 yard
s or more. The largest piece of wreckage found was the top part of the vertical fin. The number '13' was in yellow on a blue background in the shape of a diamond. The lines of the numbers were about three inches wide and the numbers themselves about three foot high.
     5. Following are bits of information found on remains or plane:
        a. Boeing 7-1872-3
        b.'Kay'on housing of engine
        c.'Ship' #537' roughly painted in black on tow pieces of metal.
        d. Tail System Control Box, Type:825899661, Serial#124325,
           Order #W535AC32077, Spec. #GO 18393 B-1.
        e. Bondix Scintilla, Type DF16LN-1, Spec. #AN5911A.(not
           legible), 10-39625-2, Order #W330381688, Serial #90796.
     6. According to the Japanese, two fliers parachuted from the plane.
One landed on the roof of a house then fell down on the road. The other landed in the ground of the Japanese Army AA unit. They were captured and turned over to the authorities.


Toru Fukubayashi - Japan

 

Memphis Maid (44-70120)

(c) Ray Archer

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #23

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Tinker 09/24/1953

 

Monsoon Goon (42-24538)

(c) Charles Harper

Re-named "Beter 'N' Nutin'"

CBI Markings:  Diamond #24

Tinian Markings:  N #24

 

Monsoon Goon 2 (42-24891)

(c) Steve Kelleher

CBI Markings:  Not Assigned

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #14

Monsoon Goon 2 - Dudkhundi, India, 676th Bomb Squadron.  7 bombing missions.  3 Japs shot down.  Hit by flack once.

 

Pacific Princess (44-61813)

(c) Ray Archer

(c)20th AF Album

Tinian Markings:  Unknown

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Johnson AFB, Japan 12/19/1950

 

Patience Reward (44-70131)

(c)Steve Kelleher

(c)20th Af Album

Assigned to 444th on 05/24/1945

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #21

Survived the war - Later converted to a WB-29

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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Satan's Angel (42-65202)

(c) Guido Ransleben

(c) Howe Family

(c) Nolfo

CBI Markings:  Diamond #16

Crashed on Holiday Island after collision with 678th Sq. #507 - 03/25/1945

 

Shanghai Lil (42-6277)

(c) Steve Kelleher

CBI Markings:  Diamond #24

Crash Landed, Dudkhundi 09/07/1944

 

Shanghai Lil Rides Again (42-24723)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c) Chuck Davis

CBI Markings:  Diamond #25

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #16


Crash time   May 26, 1945  
Crash position   TENIAN island West
Affiliation   676 BSQ   58th BW  444th BG of  20th air force
Attack target   Tokyo city area  
Cause of crash  Anti-aircraft gun  
Crew:
Pilot   RACRAE  First Lieutenant Donald   0-750808
Copilot    STEVENSON  Raymond A.    First lieutenant   0-807887
Nav.   HINCKLEY  John L.    First Lieutenant III   0-689608
Bombing    BELLAMY  Donald G. first lieutenant   0-691692     
Engineer   MILLER  William B. first lieutenant   0-864551
Radar    JADD, Rarph H. sergeant   35814516  
Radio   BEVERLY  Thomas A.    Jr.    Staff sergeant   16136345
Central firearms control   NELSON  GlennW. staff sergeant   16089119     X
L.Gunner   NEDODEMUS  Edward R. staff sergeant   33588419
R.Gunner  ARNOLD  Jacob W. staff sergeant   35564067
Tail Gunner   KRAFT  James E. staff sergeant   35599157
It is all the members parachute descent at a cartridge-ed and TENIAN island west over a target. Only Staff Sergeant Nelson was drowned.
 
TETSUYA IDE - Japan

 

Snuffy (42-24873)

(c) R.L. Sharp

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond # 10

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #10

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Davis-Monthan 05/10/1954

 

Super Mouse (42-24524)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c) Bob Rich

CBI Markings:  Diamond #17

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #17

Super Mousse - 676th Bomb Squadron.  22 bombing missions.  22 hump missions.  3 mining missions.  Hit by flack 4 times.  Ship and crew lost in combat - 06/01/1945

 

Talie Ho! (44-70143)

(C) Steve Kelleher

Assigned to 444th on 06/01/1945

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #17

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Tinker 08/08/1954

 

Three Feathers (42-6324)

(c) Ray Archer

CBI Markings:  Diamond #23

The Three Feathers, named after the only whiskey they could get in Kansas.  Shot up over Ashan on 3rd bombing mission - 9/9/44

 

Totin To Tokyo II (42-63530)

(c)Billie Conrad

No Info.

 

Undecided (42-24580)

(c) Read Vaughn

CBI Markings:  Diamond #18

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #18

Undecided - 676th Bomb Squadron. 19 bombing missions.  1 mining mission.  18 hump missions.  5 Japs shot down.  Hit by flack twice.

 

Up 'n' Comin' (44-87630)

(c) Ray Archer

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #9

Survived the war - Lost at Great Falls 08/05/1954

 

Urgin' Virgin (42-6423)

(c) Charles Harper

CBI Markings:  Diamond #19

Urgin Virgin - 676th Bomb Squadron. 7 bombing missions.  4 hump missions.  1 photo mission.  2 mining missions.  3 Japs shot down.  Ship retired and sent home.

 

Urgin' Virgin II (42-93884)

(c) Steve Kelleher

Fate Unknown

CBI Markings:  Diamond #12

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #12

 

Winnie (42-6267)

No Photo

CBI Markings: Diamond #80

Returned to U.S. as war weary - Reclaimed at Pyote 12/21/1949

 

Winnie II [aka "Big Schmoo"] (44-69963)

(c) Ray Archer

(c)20th AF Album

(c)Chad Daniels

 

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #15

Survived the war - Scrapped 12/08/1951

 

Wing Ding (42-63458)

No Photo

Crashed off end of runway,  Dudkhundi 12/24/44 - 4 survivors

CBI Markings:  Not Assigned

 

No Name(42-6357)

No Photo - No Info.

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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