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thus saving the lives of many millions of people on both sides of the conflict." 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, James Farrell, Aircraft Commander - Z Square 34, Frisco Nanny thus saving the lives of many millions of people on both sides of the conflict." 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, James Farrell, Aircraft Commander - Z Square 34, Frisco Nanny

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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

882nd


Richard F. Sheil

Capt., Pilot, 94th Bomb Group

8th Air Force


Donald R., Thurow,

Sgt., Intelligence

882nd







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