509th Composite Group


The B-29 Superfortress

The 509th Composite Group, commanded by Col. Paul Tibbets, was the highly secret organization that was charged with the awesome responsibility of delivering the first atomic bombs to Japan's mainland.

The 509 was comprised of 15 specially configured B29 "Flying Fortresses".  Below is a listing of those 15 aircraft.  This information was taken from the book "Decision at Nagasaki" by Lt. Col. Fred J. Olivi (O-lee-vee), the co-pilot of Bockscar, the B29 that dropped the second atom bomb on the city of Nagasaki.  This book is packed with technical information about the 509th.  If you are interested in purchasing an autographed copy of this book, please contact us via e-mail.  It is not available through bookstores or Amazon.com and is only available directly from the author.

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U.S. 20th Air Force

313th Bombardment Wing

509th Composite Group

393rd Bombardment Squadron.

B29 Serial # Vector # Aircraft Name Crew # Aircraft Commander
36-MO-44-27296 84 Some Punkins B-7 James N. Price
36-MO-44-27297 77 Bockscar C-13 Frederick C. Bock
36-MO-44-27298 83 Full House A-1 Ralph R. Taylor
36-MO-44-27299 86 Next Objective A-3 Ralph N. Devore
36-MO-44-27300 73 Strange Cargo A-4 Joseph E. Westover
36-MO-44-27301 85 Straight Flush C-11 Claude R. Eatherly
36-MO-44-27302 72 Top Secret B-8 Charles F. McKnight
36-MO-44-27303 71 Jabit III B-6 John A. Wilson
36-MO-44-27304 88 Up An' Atom B-10 George W. Marquardt
40-MO-44-27353 89 The Great Artiste C-15 Charles D. Albury
40-MO-44-27354 90 Big Stink C-12 Herman S. Zahn
45-MO-44-86291 91 Necessary Evil C-14 Norman W. Ray
45-MO-44-86292 82 Enola Gay B-9 Robert A. Lewis
50-MO-44-86346 94 Spook - Smith A-5 Thomas J. Classen
50-MO-44-86347 95 Laggin' Dragon A-2 Edward M. Costello

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