Known B-29 Superfortress Losses in Korea (1950-1953)

    Officially, 34 B-29s were lost during the Korean War: 16 were destroyed by fighter aircraft, 14 by other causes, and four by anti-aircraft weapons.

    The B-29 bombers performed 21,000 missions, dropped 167,000 tons of bombs, and only took 26 days off from combat throughout the conflict.

    On the other hand, the gunners of the B-29 claimed to have shot down 27 enemy aircraft, 16 of which were MiG-15s, in addition to possibly shooting down another 17 and damaging 11 MiG-15s.

    The following is a list of known 80 B-29 lost in Korea using the KORWALD Report and Robert A. Mann material:

    Serial NODateUnitCauseAircraft nameComment
    42-653061951-10-02FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Operational lossThe OutlawCrashed on takeoff for test flight at Kadena AFB, Okinawa. One of four planes flying first B-29 mission of Korean Conflict June 27, 1950
    42-653531950-10-05SAC/
    98BW
    Operational lossUnnamedEngine fire, crew abandoned 10 miles west of Wakamatsu.
    42-653571953-01-29FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Combat lossDouble or Nothin’Last B-29 of Korean Conflict shot down over Korea. Lost at Mong Yang. Downed by MiGs at night 10-12 mi S of Pyongyang (18 mi E of Sariwon). Plane originally was Shady Lady of 98BG. Damaged in June 1951, returned to U.S. for overhaul, sent back to 19BG.
    42-653691951-04-06FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Operational lossBlack SheepCrashed, burned off runway at Kadena, Okinawa. Gear failed.
    42-939741952-11-09SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Combat lossBighamNight leaflet dropping mission, hit by AAA near Chongju, crew bailed out over Paengnyongdo, SAR effort conducted
    42-940451951-10-23SAC/
    307BW/
    371BS
    Combat lossUnnamedShot down by Lt. Col Aleksandr P. Smorchkov at Namsi, North Korea at 0920L, last seen in a tight spiral, 3rd ARSq SA-16 Dumbos participated in SAR effort, a total of approx 233 SAR missions flown, surface vessels impeded by rough seas
    42-940721950-09-08SAC/
    307BW/
    371BS
    Operational lossUnnamedCrashed into East China Sea 5 mi off Okinawa in 200 ft of water, extensive SAR effort conducted
    44-272621953-01-23SAC/
    307BG
    UnknownUnnamedCrashed near Tom-Ni, North Korea, 10 crew members bailed out successfully
    44-272881950-09-10FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Combat lossAtomic TomMajor battle damage
    44-273261951-09-13SAC/
    98BW
    Operational lossUnited NotionsCrashed into mountain near Taeam-dong, approx 3.5 mi NE of K-2 (Taegu)
    44-27332UnknownSAC/
    92BW
    UnknownUnknownUnknown
    44-616171950-10-26SAC/
    92BG/
    327BS
    UnknownNipp-on-NeesLoss due to unknown causes
    44-616561951-10-22FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    Combat lossCream of the CropShot down by Lt. Col Aleksandr P. Smorchkov at 1517L. No. 1 engine and hydraulic system knocked out. Crew bailed out over Yellow Sea, 3rd ARS rescue, all rescued.
    44-616931952-05-05FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    UnknownUnnamedCircumstances unknown.
    44-617491951-12-13FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    Operational lossSouthern ComfortOperational loss, not due to enemy action, salvaged at Itazuke.
    44-617511952-10-31FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Operational lossLubricating LadyDitched nine miles northwest of Kadena, Okinawa in North China Sea during a typhoon. Symbolically, the Halloween ditching occurred at 11:59 PM. Extensive SAR effort, three survivors
    44-617761952-04-01SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Operational lossLost Nr. 1 & 4 engines enroute to secondary target, successful bail-out approx. 3 mi N of Kansong.
    44-618021953-01-10SAC/
    307BW/
    372BS
    Combat lossUnnamedMiG damage in Yalu area, crew bailed out, aircraft may have crashed into water
    44-618101952-06-13SAC/
    555SRW
    Combat lossIchibanShot down near Hokkaido Island by Soviet pilots Fedotov and Proskurin.
    44-618131950-11-09FE/
    55SRW/
    91SRS
    Combat lossOver ExposedThe F-13A, on a recon mission over Sinuiju, became the first B-29 to encounter MIG’s. Damaged by gunfire, 813 crashed just short of Johnson AB, Japan as a result of attack.
    44-618151952-10-07SAC/
    5RCN/
    91SRS
    Combat lossMoon’s Moonbeam/
    Diajobu
    Shot down on Ferret mission off Kurile islands by Russian LA-11.
    44-618351952-10-31FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    Operational lossDragon LadyExploded, crashed 15 minutes after takeoff from Kadena.. No. 3 engine on fire, right wing blown off, crashed 40 mi N of Kadena AB (Izena-shima)
    44-61867UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
    44-618721952-04-22SAC/
    98BW
    Combat lossAce in the HoleDamaged by AAA during raid against Sinanju, crash landed at K-14. KORWALD
    44-619081952-02-01SAC/
    307BW
    Operational lossUnnamedMid-air collision with 44-86392, crashed into the sea 5 mi off Bolo Point, Okinawa, SAR effort negative
    44-619231950-07-13SAC/
    92BW/
    325BS
    Operational lossHoxie’s HoaxTail code Circle W. Bomb salvo explosion, crashed near Dogo Island, Japan. Five crewmembers successfully bailed out and were rescued
    44-619321952-10-24SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Combat lossOur GirlShot down over Wonsan Harbor by Lt. Col Aleksandr P. Smorchkov. Crew bailed out over Wonsan Harbor near Tri-yom-do, US Navy aircraft flew RESCAP over the crew, small craft and destroyers rescued seven members of the 11-man crew
    44-619401951-10-23SAC/
    307BW/
    372BS
    Combat lossUnnamedDamaged by MiGs near Namsi airfield, crashed 6 mi off coast of Chinnampo, 3rd ARSq SA-16 Dumbos participated in SAR effort, a total of approx 233 SAR missions flown, surface vessels impeded by rough seas
    44-619671952-06-10FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    Combat lossMiss Jackie the RebelReported hit by flak near bridge at Kwakson, North Korea, last contact at 101315Z. Evidence indicates MIG shootdown of the damaged plane.
    44-620111952-12-30FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Combat lossUnnamedShot down by MiGs (night fighters) 25 miles north of Pyongyang.
    44-620711950-10-27FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    Operational lossNot Known If Named.Crash landed at K-14, Kimpo Air Base, Seoul. Salvaged.
    44-620731952-11-08SAC/
    307BW/
    370BS
    Combat lossUnnamedShot down on night bombing mission
    44-620831952-01-31SAC/
    307BW/
    372BS
    Operational lossUnnamedDeparted Kadena AB on routine combat mission, last contact at 302154L 100 mi N. of Kadena AB. Circumstances unknown.
    44-620841950-09-09SAC/
    92BG/
    325BS
    Combat lossUnnamedHit by AAA, exploded in mid-air near Wolbong-ni, 5 parachutes cleared the aircraft
    44-621021952-11-19SAC/
    98BW
    Combat loss"Wright's Delight"Shot down Cho-Do Island, North Korea
    44-621081951-04-10SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Operational lossMyakinasNight intruder mission against Sinanju/Kunu-ri, two engines out, crash landed at Taegu AB, total loss due to battle damage
    44-621111951-12-18SAC/
    92BW
    UnknownUnnamedTail code Circle. Surveyed at Yokota for unknown reason.
    44-621521950-11-15FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Operational lossStateside RejectCrashed on takeoff from Kadena, surveyed 12/19/50.
    44-621661952-07-22FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Operational lossFujigmoOn test flight eyewitness reports “...they shut down #1 engine inflight ... copilot was making the landing, came in high and hot and AC took control too late. Got behind the power curve on three engines, and airplane did a slow banking turn into the weak side and cartwheeled in the infield. Luckily there were survivors.”. Crashed NE of Ocho-o, South Korea (midway between K-3 and K-18)
    44-621671952-08-30SAC/
    98BW/
    344BS
    Operational lossBust in the BlueMissed approach, attempted to go around, crashed 4 mi NE of Taegu(K-2), SK near village of Sangdaegok-tong
    44-621831952-06-10FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Combat lossHot to GoNight msn, downed by MiG using rockets, exploded in mid-air near Kwaksan, NK. Karelin Soviet pilot.
    44-62211UnknownSAC/
    92BW
    UnknownUnknownUnknown
    44-622171953-01-13SAC/
    55SRW/
    91SRS
    Combat lossUnnamedShot down by Dobrovichan during leaflet drop mission, Mayday at 122316L
    44-622521951-04-12SAC/
    307BW/
    371BS
    Combat lossUnnamedTail section damaged by MiGs while attacking Sinuiju RR bridge across Yalu, crashed into hill near Suwon (10 mi S of Seoul). Salvaged 5/14/52
    44-622791950-10-19SAC/
    22BG/
    33BS
    Operational lossUnnamedEngine fire on takeoff, crashed in sea.
    44-696821951-04-12FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Combat lossAtomic TomAttacked by MIGs. No. 2 engine and then entire wing caught fire, exploded, crashed into mountain, tail gunner of B-29 6323 observed crash, no parachutes observedsurveyed 5/14/51. Tom was one of four planes flying first B-29 mission of Korean Conflict June 27, 1950.
    44-698021952-09-13FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Operational lossBait Me?Iced up, stalled and crashed 21 miles southwest of Kangnung, South Korea( near Hyolchon-ni). 11KIA, three survivors.
    44-698031952-02-28SAC/
    98BW/
    344BS
    Operational lossLoaded ’LevenEngine problems, most of crew bailed out in extreme NE corner of the Punchbowl, VMO-6 SAR effort
    44-698171951-05-02FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Operational lossHot to Go (2nd)Ramp accident 2/5/51. Surveyed this date.
    44-698181953-07-07FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Operational lossStar Duster,
    Originally
    Rough Roman
    On tactical mission, poor weather at recovery airfields, low on fuel, crashed during landing approach at K-3 (Pohang)
    44-698661950-07-12FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Combat lossUnnamedDamaged by three Yak-9s near Seoul, engine fire, crew bailed out at 1520L
    44-700421951-12-18FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    UnknownLemon Drop KidCircumstances unknown
    44-701511951-10-23SAC/
    307BW/
    370BS
    Combat lossUnnamedShot up by D’Yachenko at Namsi Airfield, crew bailed out in Chinnampo/Inchon area (Yellow Sea), 3rd ARSq SA-16 Dumbos participated in SAR effort, approx 233 SAR missions flown, surface vessels impeded by rough seas
    44-862471952-11-18SAC/
    98BW/
    344BS
    Operational lossM P ICrashed on takeoff at Yokota. Crew survived, eleven firefighters killed.
    44-862561950-10-17SAC/
    22BG/
    717BS
    UnknownUnnamedSurveyed, reason unknown.
    44-862681951-04-07SAC/
    307BW/
    371BS
    Combat lossUnnamedCombat mission over N. Korea, F-84s escorting, damaged by 2 MiG-15s, two engines out, pilot ordered bail out, crashed into the water 4 mi off NW N. Korea, 7 fighter aircraft and 3 SAR aircraft participated in SAR effort, one crewman rescued .Surveyed 5/14/51
    44-862731951-10-14SAC/
    98BG
    Operational lossLil DarlinReturning from combat msn, 1 engine out, crash landed at Yokota AB, hit Bowling Alley and Laundry.
    44-86280UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
    44-86284UnknownSAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    UnknownDown's ClownsUnknown
    44-862951951-10-23FE/
    307BG/
    372BS
    Operational loss“B Flight.”Damaged by MiGs, landed at Kimpo AB (K-14). Badly damaged, transferred to Depot for disposition. Depot repaired, returned to duty. Next assignment unknown.
    44-863271951-06-01SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Combat lossUnnamedShot down Kwakson by Yegeny Mikhailovich Stelmah (18th GIAP/303rd IAD).No. 3 engine on fire, 4 parachutes observed by crew of B-29 6272, 4 flights of 4 18th FBGp F-51s conducted SAR effort, negative results (F-51D-Capt Moore-shot down). Surveyed 7/14/51.
    44-863281950-09-15FE/
    19BG/
    28BS
    Operational lossUnnamedMajor accident/crash on takeoff at Kadena. Surveyed 10/4/50.
    44-863301951-12-18FE/
    98BG/
    343BS
    Combat lossApe ShipTail code Square H. Shot down, location unknown.
    44-863431952-09-13SAC/
    307BW/
    371BS
    Combat lossUnnamedHit by AAA and exploded in mid-air over Suiho Hydroelectric Plant
    44-863571951-08-25SAC/
    307BW/
    372BS
    Combat lossUnnamedHit by AAA near Sunchon, crew bailed out, aircraft exploded 11 miles W of Sunan, NK, (between Sunan and Kowan-ni)
    44-863701951-04-12FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Combat lossLucky Dog/
    Fujigmo
    Damaged during MiG attack, No. 1 engine caught fire, ditched, debris and oil slick found, no parachutes observed, extensive SAR effort negative. Also one of four planes flying first B-29 mission of Korean Conflict June 27, 1950.
    44-863711951-05-07SAC/
    98BW/
    345BS
    Combat lossUnnamedHit by AAA over Pyongyang, damaged No. 3 & 4 engines hit which possibly caused explosion, lost wing, 4-5 chutes observed, Navy SA-16 and USS Bataan fighter aircraft conducted SAR effort with negative results
    44-863921952-11-19SAC/
    98BW/
    354BS
    Combat lossWright’s Delights/
    The Chosen Few
    Shot down Ch’o Do Island, North Korea. Crashed 5 miles north of Ch’o Do Island.
    44-864001952-03-31SAC/
    98BG/
    344BS
    Operational lossBig Gass Bird/
    Chotto Mate
    Four minutes after take-off, struck a small hill near village of Daimon, 6 mi NW of Yokota AB, Japan and burned
    44-86414UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
    44-864151951-09-19SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Operational lossSqueeze Play/
    Miss Mi-Nookie/
    Destination Known
    On leaflet dropping mission, ditched in Sea of Japan, extensive air and surface SAR effort negative
    44-864361951-06-20SAC/
    98BW/
    343BS
    Combat lossUnknownFlying in three-ship formation, left wing damaged by AAA approx 3 mi S of Hwangju.
    44-876181951-04-12FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    Operational lossNo SweatHeavy battle damage due to AAA and MiG-15s, damage included No. 2 & 4 engines out, hydraulic system shot out, crash landed at Seoul Municipal Airport, salvaged, no personnel losses
    44-877341952-01-23FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Operational lossDouble WhammyWith engine out and unable to feather prop, notified Air Group Command they were aborting and going to K- 14. Crashed N of Chinnampo. Following search found no trace of plane or crew. Another of the four planes that flew first B-29 mission of Korean Conflict.
    45-217211952-02-07SAC/
    98BW/
    345BS
    Operational lossTail Wind/
    Burk’s Jerks/
    Sweet Judy II
    Crashed in a snow storm five miles north of base after takeoff from Yokota. All 13 aboard were killed.
    45-217251951-04-06SAC/
    307BW/
    370BS
    Operational lossUnnamedCrash landed at Naha AB, Okinawa in bad weather after combat mission over Korea on March 29. Surveyed April 6
    45-217451952-02-14FE/
    19BG/
    30BS
    UnknownLuciferSurveyed, circumstances unknown. Modified to carry Tarzon bomb
    45-217491951-03-29FE/
    19BG/
    93BS
    Operational lossUnnamedTwo engines out after explosion, apparently from a Tarzon bomb salvo, crashed over E. China Sea NW of Okinawa. Col Payne Jennings, Group Commander, aboard. 2rd ARS Sq, Flight C participated in SAR effort, results negative
    45-218141950-11-10SAC/
    307BW/
    371BS
    Combat lossUnnamedAttacked by 6 MiG-15s, downed by MiG - 7 mi SW of Kusong, NK, wreckage sighted
    45-218221952-01-29SAC/
    98BW/
    344BS
    Operational lossHeavenly LadenEngine fire, crashed in Tokyo area near Yokohama, 5 mi W of Yokosuka, crew bailed out successfully

    Further reading

    Bibliography and source

    • The B-29 Superfortress: A Comprehensive Registry of the Planes and Their Missions by Robert A. Mann
    • The B-29 Superfortress Chronology, 1934–1960 by Robert A. Mann
    • Korean War Air Loss (KORWALD) Report by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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