The crew of B-29 Superfortress 42-24598 "Waddy's Wagon", 20th Air Force, 73rd Bomb Wings, 497th Bomb Group, 869th Bomb Squadron. 1945.
There’s an incredibly sad story behind this Aircraft. The entire crew was lost on a mission over Japan in 1945.
The pilot, was also an All American Football Player at Oklahoma State University
Bomber crews had one of the worst chances of surviving WWII. Fluctuated greatly over the course of the war and the theater they were flying in of course. RAF bomber crew had a lower survival rate the WWI Infantry officers.
Coloured by Jared Enos