Dragon DRW51011 USAAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress Heavy Bomber - "Look Homeward Angel", 39th Bombardment Squadron, 6th Bombardment Group, Tinian, 1945 (1:144 Scale)
"I have become death, the destroyer of worlds."
- Atomic Bomb Scientist Robert Oppenheimer, reciting a text from an ancient Hindu scripture after witnessing the Trinity test explosion
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Boeing Model 341/345) was a four-engine heavy bomber flown by the United States Army Air Force. It was one of the largest aircraft of World War II to see active service. When it entered service, it was one of the most advanced bombers of its time, featuring innovations such as a pressurized cabin, a central fire-control system, and remote-controlled machine gun turrets. It was designed to be a high altitude daytime bomber, but was most used in low-altitude night time incendiary bombing. It was the primary weapons platform used in the United States fire-bombing campaign against Japan in the final months of World War II, and B-29s carried the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Unlike many other bombers, the B-29 remained in service long after World War II ended, a few being employed as flying television transmitters for Stratovision. By the time it was retired in the 1960s, some 3,900 planes had been built.
Pictured here is a USAAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress nicknamed "Look Homeward Angel," which was attached to the 39th Bombardment Squadron, 6th Bombardment Group. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 12 inches
Length: 8 inches
Release Date: December 2008
Historical Account: "Gremlins"- On the last mission of the war, "Look Homeward Angel" lost an engine over Japan, and diverted to Okinawa. Since the war ended before the crew got home from that mission, no one was in any particular rush to get it repaired. So it sat on Okinawa through the big typhoon of October 1945. In January 1946, "Look Homeward Angel" was returned to Tinian and was scheduled to be returned to the U.S. in Project Sunset. The crew assigned to "Look Homeward Angel" took off for Guam, and lost an engine en route. The engine was replaced, and they headed for Kwajalein island. En route another engine was lost. It was replaced, and the crew took off for Honolulu. En route two engines were lost, and the crew returned to Kwajalein, declaring that they would walk home before they would fly "Look Homeward Angel" again.
"Look Homeward Angel" was abandoned on Kwajalein until July 1946. At that time, Project Crossroads (the atomic bomb tests at Eniwetok atoll) was about to begin. Someone had the idea that with a hot atomic bomb taking off from a very small island, it might be a good idea for the Fire Department to have some practice on aircraft fires in case of a takoff crash. So, "Look Homeward Angel" became the subject for the practice, and was destroyed on Kwajalein.