The 6th Bomb Group

Tinian Harbor


Aerial View

One of the advantages of operating out of Tinian was the ability to supply Tinian by sea.  (In contrast, the first B-29s operating out of China had to fly 6-8 supply missions for each mission flown.1)  The harbor was the island's lifeline for food and supplies.  In this aerial view of the harbor, two transport ships are parked next to the docks.  Two dredges are in the harbor digging material to make the harbor deeper.

Unloading Ships at the Dock

A well-worn Liberty Ship unloads at the docks. These ships probably brought most of the supplies to Tinian.


Photo from Gary Matcek, son of Jody Matcek (sergeant with 6th BG)

A Dry-dock in Tinian Harbor

This appears to be a dry-dock for small boats in Tinian harbor.


Photo from Gary Matcek, son of Jody Matcek (sergeant with 6th BG)

Activity Away from the Loading Docks

A lot was happening even away from the main loading docks. Here a motor launch is leaving the dock.


Photo from Gary Matcek, son of Jody Matcek (sergeant with 6th BG)

Footnotes

    General Curtis E. LeMay and Bill Yenne, "Superfortress: The B-29 and American Air Power" (1988), p. 73.