B-29 – Saipan
 500th Bomb Group Memorial

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Welcome to the 500th Bomb Group Memorial Association

The 500th Bomb Group, a unit of the 73rd Bomb Wing, flying B-29 Aircraft, flew 79 major combat missions over Japan during World War II, over 100 single-airplane weather strike missions, prisoner of war rescue missions, and other missions,  as part of the 20th Air Force’s strategic bombing campaign against Japan.  This website honors and preserves the record of the 500th.  There are also some records from the 3rd Photo Recon and the 18th Photo Lab Squadrons.  These units were attached to the 500th.

James E. Bowman

Son of S/Sgt James E. Bowman

Tail Gunner, 882nd

Kenneth F. Fine

Son of Lt. Kenneth F Fine

Navigator, 882nd

Edwin D. Lawson

T/Sgt, CFC Gunner


Richard F. Sheil

Capt., Pilot, 94th Bomb Group

8th Air Force

Donald R., Thurow,

Sgt., Intelligence


James R. Farrell, Aircraft Commander

Z Square 34, Frisco Nanny.

As part of the first B-29 Wing in the Pacific, the 500th Bomb Group played a pivotal role in not only the destruction of Japan – but in obviating the necessity of a land invasion, thus saving the lives of many millions of people on both sides of the conflict."   
Citations for Air Medal


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73rd Bomb Wing Association - 39th Reunion 2014

The reunion will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton at the Wichita Airport, 2098 Airport Road, Wichita,  KS  67209.

Reservations can be made by calling the local reservations department at 316-945-5272, the toll-free number 1-800-247-4458 or online at www.wichitaairport.doubletree.com.  The room rate is $95 per night and is good 3 days prior and 3 days post actual reunion dates.

For additional information, contact Cathy Debbrecht, P.O.Box 100, Benton, KS  67017-0100. Tel. 316-778-1125, Fax 316-778-1154.  E-mail: Bombwing73@cox.net

This is the last scheduled meeting of the 73rd Bomb Wing Association.  There will also be a meeting of the 500th Bomb Wing Memorial Association at the Wichita reunion.

Newsletter March 2014 Corrected 2-24-14.doc Nose Art

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More Crew Photos and Official Orders Needed.

e-mail: 500thbombgroupb29@netsync.net

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