Rescue of B-29 Bomber Crew After Ditching – WWII Footage

Rescue of B-29 Bomber Crew After Ditching - WWII Footage

This is a historical, colorized footage from March 9, 1945. Several B-29 bombers left their basis in Guam and on the islands of Tinian, Saipan to bomb Japan. Sometimes when the bomber got damaged or suffered mechanical malfunctions and couldn’t make it back to the base, the crew would put it down at sea – a procedure known as ditching – and wait for rescue.

B-29 in this video ran out of fuel and would have been unable to make it back to Tinian Island so the captain radioed a call for help and ditched the craft. They were picked up by USS Bering Strait that had a cameraman on board who filmed the ditching and the rescue. Whole 12 minute of raw footage the cameraman recorded is in the video below:

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12 thoughts on “Rescue of B-29 Bomber Crew After Ditching – WWII Footage

    • Yes it was. I found it interesting at the end when I saw the ‘man’ icons painted on the ships superstructure denoting men saved from the sea. Quite a few aircrew and other servicemen evidently. Much like bomb icons on U.S.A.A.F. bombers denoting number of missions and German and Japanese flags on U.S.A.A.F. fighter aircraft denoting kills.

  1. The ditching was done quite well I think. That was a fine example of skilled piloting, to lay it down and keep everyone alive with seemingly minor injuries. I would think the tricky part for those men would be getting out onto the wing before the nose go’s under. Great old war time footage, I enjoyed watching that successful recovery..

  2. Nice job of landing by the pilot but running out of fuel? Great job by the Navy in the rescue effort. The music was cool. Very enjoyable to watch.

  3. Wonderful!
    At some some point I thought the plane would fly backwards, great manouver. The soundtrack suits the atmosphere of the forsakenness of the wide ocean.

    Do someone know from whom the music is?

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