B-29s, Korean War, Early Cold War Recollections and Related Stories

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Welcome to B-29s over Korea, a web site dedicated to remembering the Korean War,
the B-29, the Aircrews who flew them, and the Maintenance Personnel who kept them flying. Subjects cover B-29s, Korean War, Early Cold War, Reconnaissance, and Aerial Photography. Our format is in the form of Recollections and Related Stories from Korean War Veterans who served. Your Website Historian is Wayland Mayo, an Aerial Photo Gunner on the RB-29 Tiger Lil of the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron during the Korean War conflict. After 50 successful missions he returned to civilian life where he helped pioneer the Aerial Mapping Industry.

 

Korean War and Classified
Reconnaissance Recollections and Related Stories


Tiger Lil
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Tiger Lil
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THIS WEBSITE CONTAINS OVER 1200 PHOTOS
go   A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE NORTH KOREAN NAVY
AND THE SINKING OF THE SOUTH KOREAN SHIP
North Korean Submarines Must Be Considered A Threat To The U.S.

go   N. KOREA PLANS MASSIVE RETALIATION IN A WAR WITH THE US
N. Korea Claims To Have The Military Power And The Political Will To Defeat The US

go   A FINAL TRIBUTE TO PAUL TIBBETS, PILOT OF ENOLA
Tibbets never regretted the bombing.

go   ATOMIC BOMB FIRED OUT OF A CANNON
My personal experience with the Atomic Bomb.

go   U.S. PLANNED TO A-BOMB N. KOREA IN 1950 WAR
Nuclear Weapons And Aircraft Waited For Orders

go   HISTORY OF NORTH KOREA
An Authoritative Documentary Covering North Korea From 1948 Thru 2006.

go   KOREA - DOWNFALL OF OUR GREATEST GENERAL
General MacArthur, trained to win wars, is involved in one he cannot win. Read his dramatic controversial involvement and tragic ending to his great career.

go   HISTORY OF RUSSIAN SUKHOI FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
Sukhoi Employs Over 29,000 Workers

go   GERMAN JETS INFLICTED SEVERE DAMAGE TO OUR BOMBERS IN WWII

With their speed of more than 200 MPH faster our losses were unacceptable

go  I REMEMBER THE FORGOTTEN WAR, 59 YEARS AGO
My Recollections Of the Korean “War.”

go   COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN MIG AIRCRAFT
37 PHOTOS of MIGS • MIG-1 THROUGH MIG-35

go   THE JAPANESE KAMIKAZE

go   DID GERMANY HAVE THE ATOMIC BOMB?
German Nuclear Energy Endangered WWII, Here Are The Facts Of A World In Danger

go   WAS ADOLF HITLER A MADMAN?
History Of An Obsessed, Sadistic Man

go   WHY TRUMAN FIRED GENERAL MacARTHUR
Plans to Drop Atomic Bombs Would Have Caused WWIII

go   The 19th Bomb Group in Korea
The 19th Bomb Group, a famous B-29 group, flew 645 combat missions over Korea, dropped 52,000 tons of bombs, and lost 20 aircraft. They are known as "A Checkmate to Aggression". Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   Military Award Given To A Pigeon In WW1
A Medal From France For Heroism In Combat

go   OUR WOUNDED IRAQ VETERANS
See the horrors and heartaches of our wounded vets.

go   US MARINES AT CHOSIN RESERVOIR
Marines devastated by over 100,000 Chinese troops

go   B-29s Suffer Major Damage by Mig-15s in the
Black Tuesday Over Namsi Raid

go   The Life and Death of Tiger Lil
RB-29 Tiger Lil flew 50 missions over Korea. A 50 year search to find the plane resulted in the startling revelation that it was shot down by Russian Migs. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   The Final Chapter of The "TIGER LIL" Story
This story analyzes the controversy, political and military, concerning the final flight and shoot down of an RB-29 by Russian Migs. My personal interview with Walter Lentz, a gunner on that fatal flight, introduces many questions about the incident.

go   B-29s Set Speed, Altitude, Distance Records
451.9 mph, 47,910 ft. ALT, 10,000 Miles Distance

go   Jim Johnson Is Coming Home Today

A short story by Wayland Mayo

go   GOD BLESS AMERICA, MY HOME SWEET HOME
My Tribute To Our Nation: Full Photo Coverage With Limited Text.
An Extremely Patriotic Article

go   Recollections of William F. (Bill) Welch of the 31st and 91st SRS
Bill Welch recalls his combat missions flying RB-29s over Korea, trips into Mig Alley, China, and Manchuria. Contributed by William F. (Bill) Welch

go   Beautiful Collection Of Over 150 Aviation Photos

go   The B-29s Road to Victory in Japan
The Firebombing of Japan - The Story of the 20th Air Force
The B-29 provided the only chance to defeat Japan. Incendiary bombs caused more damage than the A-Bombs, incinerating nearly every city in Japan

go   STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
The Greatest Deterrent To War This Country Has Ever Had.

go   NASA ARCHIVES
NASA Has Thousands of Priceless Photos, Movies, and Text, Mostly One of a Kind, Unusual, Experimental. You Must See Them.

go   OUTDATED U.S. MILITARY TACTICS NEED DRASTIC CHANGE
Are we prepared for a confrontation with Russia or China,
both are building huge military stockpiles?

go   ATROCITIES AGAINST AMERICAN POWs IN KOREAN WAR
Official U.S. Senate report on atrocities.

go   PHOTO SELECTION BY ROY COCHRUN
We are fortunate to display photos from a photographer of the calibre of Roy Cochrun.

go   B-29s BOMB JAPAN DAYS AFTER THE TWO
ATOMIC BOMBS WERE DROPPED

go   WIKIPEDIA PHOTO SELECTION

go   Performance of the MiG-15 in Aerial Combat
The B-29 met its match when swarms of MiGs flown by Russians and Chinese pilots crossed the Yalu. With their cannons, blistering speed, and 50,000 ft. altitude capability it was the B-29s nightmare. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   NMUSAF - National Museum of the United States Air Force
NMUSAF Is The Largest Aviation Museum In The World,
With Over 350 Beautifully Restored Aircraft.
I Have Selected 100 Photos For Your Viewing Pleasure.

go   THE 9/11 TWIN TOWERS TRAGEDY
You must take time to view this moving and thought provoking addition to our website. Courtesy of Jim Byers

go   130 OUTSTANDING PHOTOS
FROM NASA EXPERIMENTAL ARCHIVES

go   REMEMBER the DEAD
Our losses in wars are staggering.

go   The Russelsheim Massacre
Relive the tragic story of a B-24 crew attacked by an enraged German mob, and the resulting postwar trial that sent five civilians to the gallows.
- PHOTOS OF NEW MEMORIAL in RUSSELSHEIM -

go   Waterboarding IS TORTURE
It Is Illegal, Inhuman, Violates Geneva Convention Rules

go   AVIATION SUPER SHOTS
My pick of aircraft crashes, French, Japanese, Italian, Russian plus other aircraft.

go   Why The Korean War was known as "THE FORGOTTEN WAR"
The mood of America
The Korea war veteran returned to an apathetic America, and his effort was never recognized. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   RESTORATION OF THE MEMPHIS BELLE
She arrived at the NMUSAF as a rusted out, vandalized hulk

go   Return of the Fallen
To Cover Up Our Losses The Media Was Forbidden To Show Flag Draped Coffins.
A Lawsuit Released The Images.

go   The Medal Of Honor
The Medal Of Honor Is The Highest Decoration Awarded
By The United States.

go   WAS IT NECESSARY TO DROP THE BOMB?
The decision will be argued 'till the end of time. This is one perspective.

go   A TRIBUTE TO THE NAVY- BOOK # 1
50 Official U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

go   A TRIBUTE TO THE NAVY- BOOK # 2
50 Official U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

go   A TRIBUTE TO THE NAVY- BOOK # 3
50 Official U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

go   A TRIBUTE TO THE NAVY- BOOK # 4
50 Official U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

go   A TRIBUTE TO THE NAVY- BOOK # 5
50 Official U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPHS OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

go   Jets Shoot Down Crippled B-29 in China Sea after Crew Jumps
All activity stopped to watch a crippled B-29 over Okinawa. The crew was forced to jump and jets shot down the crewless plane. Courtesy of William F.(Bill) Welch

go   Aircraft Commander of Command Decision gets
General Court Martial for flying B-47 under Mackinac Bridge
Fascinating story of John S. Lappo, AC of the Command Decision, with a shocking ending. Brilliantly written by Danny K. Shepherd.

go   Faith Of My Fathers - The John McCain Story
A dramatic detailed book report on Senator Mccain's treatment by the Vietnamese.

go   The Controversy Surrounding The USS Indianapolis Tragedy
Was Mcvay Guilty of Causing The Worst Sea Disaster In U.S. Naval History?

go   The Enola and The Smithsonian Controversy
The B-29 Enola after dropping the bomb met with controversial resistance as to why we dropped it. Surprisingly the Smithsonian was it's worst enemy. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go The Enola Returns As Restoration Is Completed
The Plane Will Be Displayed At The Udvar- Hazy Center On December 15, 2003

go   Illustrations of RB-29 "TIGER LIL" Nose Art
One of 40 of the Korean War by Mark Styling

go   Ride along on a Combat Mission with the 91st SRS
Recollections of a typical mission
A dynamic record of a RB-29 mission over Korea, China, the Yalu, and attack out of Vladivostok, Russia. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   A basic course on producing maps from Aerial Photography
The evolution of equipment and procedures
A description of stereoplotters, cameras, orthophotos, enlargers, and more.
Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   A Photo Gallery of Japan during the Korean War
Includes Johnson and Yokota AFB
Coverage of Japans Yokota and Johnson AFB during the Korean war. B29 bomb groups flew missions from these two bases. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   Talbert "Ted" Abrams Father of Aerial Photography
Talbert Abrams was a pioneer in developing aerial photographic equipment during WWII, and instructing U.S. Marines for the government. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   The Secret Mission of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. - The Story
Read about the mysterious death of the B-24 pilot flying a radio controlled drone loaded with explosives, and headed for the V-2 missile launch in France. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   Recollections and Photos of Military Life
at Okinawa before June 25, 1950
Recollections and Photos of Military Life at Okinawa before June 25, 1950. Little has been written about life before B-29s swarmed on to Okinawa. Life was quiet before Korea. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

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go   Images, Impressions and Applications of the RB-29 in the Korean War
from An Aerial Photographer's Point of View
A complete story with photos of the roll of the RB-29 in the Korean War. Many items on the B-29. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   Proof Through The Night
A book report on a B-29 Pilot shot down over Japan who suffered unbelievable atrocities by Japanese soldiers. Every man who ever flew a mission in a B-29 should read this book.

go   SUBMARINES OF THE US NAVY
The first nuclear powered submarine was the USS Nautilus.

go   GERMAN U-BOATS OF WWII
German U-Boats sank large amounts of US and British ships.

go   SUBMARINES OF THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY
The Japanese not only built huge aircraft carrying subs but built hundreds
of midget subs.

go   SUBMARINES OF THE SOVIET NAVY
Soviet Subs have had numerous dissasters.

go   Major Gregory "Pappy Boyington", Marine Corps ACE
Unquestionably the Marines most controversial flyer, his service to his country is without question.

go   Col. Rex T. Barber, Shot Down Admiral Yamamoto
The controversy continues as to credit for the shoot down.
Analyze my conclusion.

go   David L. "Tex" Hill, Flying Tigers ACE
His career with the Flying Tigers is legendary.

go   Doolittle Raiders Bomb Tokyo
B-25s take off from U.S.S. Hornet in daring raid on Japan.

go   Recollections of Meeting the "Ace of Aces"
Meeting Major Richard I. Bong, Americas greatest Ace, was an unforgettable event.

go   The Caterpillar Club
This world-wide club is for aviators, military and commercial, who have saved their lives with a parachute in an emergency. Club members include former President George Bush, General Doolittle, and Col. Lindbergh, to name a few. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   The Lost Squadron The Recovery of P-38 "Glacier Girl"
Five P-38s and two B-17s crash landed on the Greenland Ice Cap. Recovery of one of the P-38s is a dramatic story. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   Russian B-29 Clone - The TU-4 Story
Russia needed a heavy bomber, so they "stole" several of our B-29s in their possession and copied them bolt for bolt. An unbelievable story. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   A Career in Aerial Photography
Story of a man who devoted his entire life to aerial photography after flying 50 missions in a RB-29 over Korea. Biographical Story re Wayland Mayo

go   Spectacular Photos
Absolutely great Navy and Air Force shots.

go   B-29 Frozen for 50 years
The B-29 "Kee Bird" was left on the Ice Cap for 50 years. This heartbreaking story details the recovery attempt. Contributed by Wayland Mayo

go   WAR DOGS of VIETNAM
They Gave Their Lives For The U.S. Then Were Left Behind In Vietnam
 
go   " That Ragged Old Flag "
A salute to the American flag, what it means to us, as only Johnny Cash could do it. Written by Johnny Cash
 
go   Listing of Additional Stories - Page 2

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