B-29 Thumper Returns, June 1945

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B-29 Thumper Returns, June 1945 - FOUR First Superfort to Hit Tokyo Now Back in...
FOUR First Superfort to Hit Tokyo Now Back in U.S. 'Thumper' Urlurns After 10 Miioii, mid Willi Her Conies Madisnnville Man Who Mude First Trip n.T II U. WOOD San Francisco, June 15 (UP) The "Thumper," first P.-29 to fly over Tokyo and the only survivor of the original flock of 30 based at Saipnn, has returned to the United States. " The battle-acarred: and weather- TINY PAPERS TELL FATE OF JAP CAPTIVES ', Rouge, D. Stout, department named annual be Tueeday Than 18.000 Have Bern Freed The battle-acarretj and worn craft, which led a charmed life while skipping between the flak as It dropped ton and tons of bombs on Tokyo and Osaka In 40 minions, was piloted home by Lieut. Col. Ilob-ert F. Haynes, Hermosa Beach, Calif., veteran of 108 combat missions, i Aboard the ship also was ths first B-29 crew to return to the Statea on the rotation plan after the re-' I quired 30 missions a crew that has Onlv 1 117 Men nf More l",mlnecl ln""'t- lln the xption vniy j, ik .Men oi .nut finish. "The going la tough over Tokyo these days." said Lieut. Harold R. Mmria Mullann Vnlle I.e . who went ' Im full .10 missions on the "Thumner." i Manila, P. I.. June 10 fn.-Only ... hlt Broh.b, ' J.447 men of more than 18.000 Amer- re Ull(n 100 tlmM by fghter .ni lean army and navy personnel cap- anti-aircraft fire but she neven tured by the Japanese on Bataan and 'missed a flight from our fialpan Corregldor have been liberated, den.,1" . ... . . j 1 The "Thumper" originally was used Douglas MacArthura headquarters ,',., , . ..,,,. " as sn experimental snip to determine disclosed today. pr.. how much gas and how much Another 8.260, who made the bomb tonnnge could be used In the "death march" or were captured on raids on Tokyo. As such the plane "the rock." have been officially re- made both eolo and group flights and ported dead. A larce majority of the; always It was "tough." ' 13,000 unaccounted for are believed oiilv One ( asiialty to be held In prison camps In Japan, "But these B-29a are hard to knock China and Formosa. 'down." said Lieut. James M. Benton, The recovered personnel branch of LaGrange, Ga., "and as much as we the adjutant generals office. rmy; got hit over Tokyo and Osaka, we forces of the Pacific, reported many, had only one man Injured." men carried as nlaslng In action! The Purple Heart Is being worn by dually surrendered to the Japa-! soft-spoken Sgt. Truman Vines, nese. They were taken to Camp Comanche, Texas, a walst gunner who ODonneil where many. Ill with ma-!" Injured when flak amaahed the larla and dysentery, died before they! v"'-1 ' n. num. were registered as prisoners of wnr Fellow prisoners kept The crew wss over Tokyo for the records of1"" llme on My " the fate of their comrades on the ' ry lwke" Ri-lh way ithe fires were burning," said Lieut. Marshall J. Deutsch, Jamaica, N. Y. "We believe that nearly all the ln- back of Japanese printed forms, on milk can wrappers, ctgaret papers and ah i.v ivnm nt ifirnn naner Ihetf rOnldL pet their hands on. These records !llstrll f ' Tcky as 1 ihi4i'ii-l i-iiit .huf 4Vi- rfnrmH .It, In spread out aomethlng like I-os Angeles been recovered, said Lt. Col. E. E. Graham, head of the recovered personnel branch. He described the crape of paper aa the most Import ant source of Information for his and lt would take a lot of burning to conaume the whole Tokyo area." Pilot for the "Thumper" on a majority of Its trips was Capt. Charles C. Flshburne, Jr., Darlen, Ga.. who I returned to the United States earlier. ahlp for the Office. Many pr,,r,. .... .....ru w : HsynM r(.Jolnrd the labor camps In northern Japan nj,.tu.n fll(,ht only presumaoiy ... c.r....K mm. Tne h abnard th(,,r ., ... were the empire's burned out cities. Others iRl((d t0 . the San mnclsc0 ilcy. were sent to work on YokohBms fte.r y eif(M montha In the clocks or In Mukden Munitions works !paclflcand ihfy hRd a few gr,pM Hundreds never reached their dcs-to offer none too tniomt tlnatlons. They died when American 0 ylurr iHRnn bombers or submarines ssnk enemy! 0ne wafl thHt somebody had or-prison ships e,n route from Manila's dere, aI1 the clever inBlgnla off atr-BUIbld prison. planes you know, the Walt Disney drawings, the pictures of near-nudes, etc. Now they have to call their planes by numbers, because they haven't any names. "But we've got a few names to call (he guy who protested because of our Insignia," salt) Sgt. John C. Sommera, ; Stephens, Ark., June 18 (Special). Un ion town, Ala, The Thumper In-Marine Pvt. Richard Melton, 19-year-j a!Rnl41 WB, taken from the nam of old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Melton th. rai,blt In the Disney production of Stephens, was killed In action "Bambl." on Okinawa June 8, according to in- Youngest member of the crew was formation from the navy department, g 6gt. Charles n. Wood, 30, of Oreena- H had been In the pacific arealboro, jj. c.. who was nicknamed Co- RICHAHI) MFLTO.X, STEPHENS MAHINE, I DIES OX OKINAWA bout six months. His only brother, Flight Officer James Melton, was killed over Germany last November. lumbue. "We called him that," said Bgt. Neal L. Shlvely, Wllllamlne, Ore., because on those return trlpa he Besides his parents, Prlvte MeI-aiWRyg looking for land." ton Is survived bv one sister, Mrs Ruth McGee of Houston, Texas. Junior Homeniaker Will Retain Club Name in 1 The plsne will probably be taken to the factory that built lt Boeing at Wichita, Kan., where lt will be inspected by engineers. It was the first B-29 In history to fly 400 hours without having a motor changed and otherwise had Baton Rouge, June 18 OF). The;mfobllnlCRi near-perfection In its 730 Junior Homemakers' club of Lou-i hours of flight covering 150,000 miles. Islana will retain that name for the! The crew all will head for 30-day present, even though the regional rep- i furloughs mostly by train or bus and resentatlves at a national meeting definitely not by planeand then of high school home economics clubs: they expect to be re-assigned to help xnis wees seieciea mi nnme? rmu.i: ineiruct new B-tj bomoer crews. Others returning on the Thumper' were: Lieut. John F, Drake, Long Beach, Calif., and T Sgt. Dale D. Homemakers of America for the national organization. Miss Clyde Mobley, state supervis or' of home economics,, pointed out ; Hammon, Colone, 8. D, that the Louisiana association Is one

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  1. The Times,
  2. 17 Jun 1945, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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