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677th Bombardment Squadron

List 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.

677th Insignia - Squadron color: Red

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

Airborn (42-65268)

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #60

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #60

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Pyote 09/11/1950

 

Arson, Inc. [aka Flak Maid] (44-70129)

(c) Steve Kelleher

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #47

Survived the war - Reclaimed at Robins 05/16/1954

 

Big! Aint It? (44-65273)

(c) From the Book "444th BG Very Heavy Special" (out of print)

42-65273 named "Big Ain't It" on May 25, 1945, on a raid to Tokyo went Missing. 

 
The Crew on board:
 
Maj. John B. DuBose, Jr. - MIA
2nd Lt. William C. Powell, Jr. - MIA
2nd Lt. John F. Flynn, Jr. - MIA
2nd Lt. Lois F. Beard - MIA
FO Howard R. George - MIA
Sgt. Alfred B. Nowlin - MIA
Sgt. Harold W. McWilliams - MIA
Sgt. Ivan D. Baker - MIA
Cpl. Leon R. Weber - MIA
Cpl. Harry R. Anderson - MIA
Cpl. Curtis L. Meadows - MIA
 
MACR number 14497
 
 

Duchess (42-63411)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #61

Tinian Markings:  Triangle-N #61

Returned to U.S. as War-Weary on 06/13/1945

 

Earthquake McGoon (42-65228)

(c) Steve Kelleher

CBI Markings:  Diamond #66

Tinian Markings:  Triangle-N #59

Salvaged on Iwo 06/26/1945

 

Flak Maid [aka Arson, Inc.] (44-70129)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c)20th AF Album

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #47

Fate Unknown

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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Hellon Wings (42-93857)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #58

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #58

Fate Unknown

 

Her Majesty (42-63375)

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

CBI Markings:  Diamond #55

Returned to US as war weary in Feb. 1945

 

High and Mighty (42-24730)

 (c) Steve Kelleher

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #53

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #53

Survived the war - Retired at Biggs for ground instruction 07/31/1946

 

Hollywood Commando (42-24724)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c) Katie Kirk

CBI Markings:  Diamond #67

Tinian Markings:  Triangle-N #55

(42-24724) "Hollywood Commando" 444th BG, MACR 14404, Bright Crew 11 MIA - Tokyo 05/25/45

 

Jokers Wild (42-24897)

No Photo

CBI Markings:  Diamond #57

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #57

Fate Unknown

 

Lady in Waiting [aka Shaft Absorber] (44-84068)

(c) Glen Carman

(c) Leon Thomas

Tinian Markings:  Unknown

Fate Unknown

 

Lady Jayne (44-61525)

(c) Ralph DeRaimo

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #56

Lady Jayne was so badly damaged on one of the Tokyo missions that the
aircraft was scrapped on Iwo. 2 engines were shot out, 1 was stuck at 1900
rpm, and 1 was ok. Over 69 holes were counted in this aircraft, at least
one was large enough to drive a jeep through. No crew members were injured.
Of the 15 aircraft in this flight only 1 made it back to Tinian.

 

Lady Jean (44-69922)

(c) Ralph DeRaimo

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #48

Fate Unknown

 

Little Mike (42-63422)

(c) Clif Evans

CBI Markings:  Diamond #69

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #52

Survived the war - Declared as excess to inventory & retired 11/30/1945

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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Naughty Nancy (42-63496)

(c) From The Book "444th BG Very Heavy Special" (out of print)

CBI Markings:  Diamond #50

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #50

MIA collision w/ another B-29 06/01/1945

 

Old Battler (42-6251)

(c) Kenney Family

CBI Markings:  Diamond #72

-Nov 21st, Omura. This was "Old Battler’s" last combat mission - Forced to land in China due to damage from Jap fighter attack. She was later recovered and sent back to states as a trainer.

 

Praying Mantis (42-6286)

No Photo

Crashed in China 08/21/1944

 

Round Robin Rosie (42-63577)

(c) Steve Kelleher

(c) Bill Czygan

CBI Markings:  Diamond #34

Tinian Markings:  Unknown

Fate Unknown

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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Sky Blues (44-97662)

(c)20th AF Album

Assigned to the 444th on 06/12/45

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #64

Stripped & blown up,  Amarillo TX. 1946

 

Sky Chief (42-24472)

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

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #64

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #64

Returned to U.S. as War-Weary 06/12/1945

 

This Is It (42-6321)

(c) Ray Archer

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #53

Crashed Ankang 11/21/1944

 

This Is It! (44-6164)

No Photo

Assigned to the 444th 06/13/1945

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #61

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

 

Unknown (44-69988)

(c) Steve Kelleher

Tinian Markings:  Triangle-N #49

Fate Unknown

 

Victory Girl (42-24731)

(c) Kenney Family

(c)20th AF Album

CBI Markings:  Diamond #65

Tinian Markings:  Triangle N #63

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

 

No Names - No Photos

(42-6220) 677th BS Crashed, China 06/15/1944

(42-6300) 677th BS MIA, Omura 11/11/1944

(42-6228) 677th BS Crashed / burned, China 08/02/1944

(42-6258) 677th BS Survived the war, reclaimed Roswell 08/21/1945

(42-6340) 677th BS CBI Diamond #51, survived the war, reclaimed Pyote 12/21/1949

(42-6341) 677th BS Survived the war, reclaimed Pyote 12/21/1949

(42-63422) 677th BS Tinian Triangle N #52

(42-24420) 677th BS Ditched out of fuel from Paemburg 08/11/1944

(42-24510) 677th BS Crashed at Chunking 11/23/1944

(42-24518) 677th BS Fire, Ditched on Singapore mission 11/03/1944

(42-24861) 677th BS CBI Diamond #54, Tinian Triangle N #54 - Survived the war, reclaimed Davis-Monthan 05/10/1954

(42-65204) 677th BS Collision w/ another aircraft - lost 11/23/1944

(42-65226) 677th BS CBI Diamond #54 - MIA Singapore 01/11/1945

(42-65273) 677th BS CBI Diamond #62, Tinan Triangle N #62 - Combat Loss 05/26/45

(44-70002) 677th BS Tinian Triangle N #51 - Combat Loss 05/17/1945

(44-70128) 677th BS Tinian Triangle N #62 - Assigned to 444th 05/26/1945

(44-70132) 677th BS Tinian Triangle N #55 - Assinged to 444th 05/26/45 - Direct flak hit, crashed Osaka Bay

(44-70137) 677th BS Tinian Triangle N #51 - Assigned to 444th 05/17/45 - Survived the war, reclaimed Robins 04/13/1954

 

B-29s A-G    B-29s H-L

B-29s M-R      B-29s S-Z

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