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Re: A Closer Look: Tuskegee Airmen's Record

Re:- Clarification references B29 Tuskegee Airmen's record

Following further discussion regarding the escorting of fighter planes by Tuskegee Airmen it was stated that the B29 did not see combat service in Europe. It was used during WWII for the Pacific theatre of war and to culturally and physically disable Japan to end fighting during WWII. Therefore the Tuskegee Airmen wouldnot have carried out any escort work in Europe with the B29. My informant further stated that tactical escort work; by Tuskegee Airmen; was carried out with the B17 and B24 in Europe against the Luftwaffe.

Information regarding the extent and nature of any possible service the B29 may have completed in Europe was not generally known. Perhaps someone may be able to further conversation regarding B29 service or training exercises; in Europe or the British Islands; if this was the case? Did the B29 contribute to the bombing of Munich, Dresden or other German cities? This question is put forward because of the extensive Allied bombing campaign of Germany. It is overwhelming to look at images of the Allied destruction of German cities and the number of dead. I consider it a prelude to the bombing of Japan. The Luftwaffe also did there share of bombing but it did not obtain the desired results.

I was informed that the B29 was copied from the Japanese; although the B29 was designed and built by the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. Is there any accurate information to support this?

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Dr. I.M. Spence-Lewis

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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