The 6th Bomb Group

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October 18-22, 2023
Wichita, KS

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This webpage is dedicated to the men of the 6th Bomb Group and to those who supported them in the field and at home. The Group was based on the island of Tinian during WWII and participated in the war effort against Japan during 1944-45. The Group, was part of the 313th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. Along with other groups based on Tinian, Saipan and Guam, they were responsible for the bombing campaign that finally brought an end to the war. Although many lives were lost - on both sides - these efforts saved the millions of lives that would have been lost in an invasion of the mainland.

The Pirate Insignia (Jean Lafitte) that appeared on each 6th Bomb Group aircraft


B29s approaching bad weather on the way to Japan.  The "Circle R" was the tail marking for the 6th Bomb Group.  The planes typically flew their 12 hour missions in "loose formation".

WegGL Animation of B29 in Flight
For those who have not had the opportunity to see a B-29 in flight, here are a couple of animations:
B29 in cloudy skies
B29 over Iwo Jima
B29 flying over low clouds
You can use your mouse to view the aircraft from different angles.