Sixty-three of 89 73rd BW B-29's dispatched from the Marianas attack the cloud-obscured Mitsubishi aircraft factory in Nagoya with the aid of radar; and 10 B-29's attack various targets of opportunity and last resort; they claim 5-11-12 Japanese a/c. Four B-29's are lost.
Four B-29s were lost over the target or enroute home, but a total of six B-29s and 27 precious crewmen were removed from the rolls this day:
42-24628 A-29 "Special Delivery" Ewing crew; ten survived 42-63413 A-45 "Dixie Darlin" ditched; Walling crew lost 42-24666 V-24 Conway crew lost 42-24762 Z-1 "Pee Wee" Bricker crew; seven survived 42-24649 T-47 crashed Saipan; crew survived 42-24603 T-7 written off this day; was damaged on Saipan 27Nov44
About the Bricker Crew and the 2nd Z Sq 1:
42-24762 Z SQUARE 1 "PEE WEE"; Crew Number 194 Pilot AC: Cap. Linden O. Bricker Copilot: 2/Lt. Kenneth R. Chideston Bombardier: 2/Lt. Jack O. Mueller * Navigator: 2/Lt. Jay L. Meikle Flight Engineer: 2/Lt. Clifford B. Smith Radio: Sgt. Edmund G. Smith Ring Gun: Cpl. Emory A. Forrest * R Gun: Cpl. John F. Estes * L Gun: Cpl. William A. Frank * Radar: Sgt. Richard J. Grinstead Tail: Gun Cpl. Stephen J. Darienzo Crew Chief: M/Sgt. Alferd E. Anderson *
* = KIA/DNC (death not in combat
NOTES This aircraft arrived on saipan in early dec. 1944. Commanded By captain linden o. Bricker. The aircraft was ditched after bombing Nagoya on dec. 18, 1944. Captain bricker and six of the crew survived the ditching.
Source: 500th BG Historian
Also found this: Loss Date 18-Dec-44 Tail Code A45 Serial No42-63413 Nickname Dixie Darlin' Remarks - ditched; Walling crew lost MACR 10657
They were part of the 73rd Bomb Wing.Here is a list of some of the planes under that wing: