War II exceeding even the Manhattan Project in cost. The B-29 was advanced featuring a pressurized fuselage and remote, computer controlled fire control system for the four defensive turrets. B-29 raids devastated Japan during the final years of the war most notoriously dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This print features B-29 "Million Dollar Baby" with P-38 Lightning escorts during a mission to bomb Iwo Jima in December of 1944.
March 4, 2005
Nice image - looking good!
You might want to double check the escorts on this one. By the time the B-29s came along, the early P-38s (F, G, H) were pretty scarce, if not phased out. If you wanted to put a P-38 in there, it would probably be a J or L model with the deeper chin scoop and generally in a natural metal finish. I'm no expert on this, but most of the B-29 escort units I recall used the P-51 or the P-47N.
Otherwise, a fine image!
In his book, "B-29s Over Japan, 1944-1945: A Group Commander's Diary", Samuel Russ Harris, Jr. has published the daily logs of the bombing group which he commanded. He specifically mentions the P-38 escorts on their December 8. 1944 bombing mission to Iwo Jima. Among the 22 B-29's which took part in the mission was "Million Dollar Baby" - 42-24660, Tail Code Z Square 48. I made very sure to research the authenticity of a P-38 escorts when doing my painting.
March 4, 2005
I'm not discounting a P-38 escort of B-29s. My main point was the model. You've depicted an F/G/H (probably an H) model P-38 of the 475th FG. Those served until the early part of 1944. The J models started trickling in to replace the older P-38s in late 1943. From what I've seen, the J models had largely replaced the older P-38s by about the March 1944 timeframe. They went to natural metal finish about that time too. By December 1944, those early OD P-38s were gone. Not a concern for me - it's your reputation - but I thought I'd mention it in case you were inclined to look into it further.
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