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Million Dollar Baby
B-29 Superfortress with P-38 Lightnings Escort
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December 10, 2016 - 2:59 pm
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http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o80/cbscharlotte012/B-29%2016x24%20Print%20800_zpsgvkwm8yw.jpg

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.

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Hey Mark,

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!

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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.

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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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I found several references during my research of camouflagd H models flying in late 1944.  

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This a great piece of work Mark, I really like it !

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Thank you very much Kevin.

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