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2013/01/25 10:52:01 (permalink)
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56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of WW2

Came across a photo  B-29   44-61885 parked in front of a large wooden hangar. Would like to know which Army Airfield the 56 th flew from in the United State before going to the Pacific.
Bob Mann's B-29 reference book has this B-29 delivered on June 28, 1945 and salvaged at Yokota Air Base on September 1, 1954.
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    Re:56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of WW2 2013/01/25 12:14:46 (permalink)
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    According to Mauer-Mauer Combat Squadrons book, the 56th Weather Squadron first came into being December 1945, having previously been a fighter squadron:
    LINEAGE. Constituted 358th Fighter
    Squadron, and activated, on 12 Nov
    1942. Redesignated 56th Reconnaissance
    Squadron (Weather Scouting) on 3 Dec
    1945. Inactivated on 20 Nov 1946. Redesignated
    56th Strategic Reconnaissance
    Squadron (Medium, Weather) on
    22 Jan 1951. Activated on 21 Feb 1951.
    Redesignated 56th Weather Reconaissance
    Squadron on 15 Feb 1954.
     
    The stations listed for the later years are as follows:
    Gablingen, Germany,
    16 Jul 1945; Schweinfurt, Germany, Apr
    1946; Mitchel Field, NY, 1 Aug-20 Nov
    1946. Misawa, Japan, 21 Feb 1951; Yokota,
    Japan, 14 Sep 1951 (detachment
    operated from Andersen AFB, Guam, 11
    Mar 1960-18 Apr 1962)-
     
    This publication also suggests they didn't have B-29s until starting in 1951, and were unequipped between P-51s up to mid-1945 and 1951.

    So your B-29 had other assignments earlier before the WB use. 

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    Re:56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of WW2 2013/01/25 12:51:28 (permalink)
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    44-61885 served - post War - with the 301st BG and, in 1950, was converted to a WB-29 and assigned to the 56th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) Weather, which had been deployed to Yokota AFB, Japan. in the Spring of 1950.  I am sure of this date as I was temporarily assigned to the Squadron when stranded on TDY in  Japan when the Korean War started in June of 1950.
     
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    Re:56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of WW2 2013/01/25 13:48:13 (permalink)
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    The 301st BG had the following stations in the post-war period:
        Smoky Hill AAF (AFB), Kansas, 5 November 1947 – 1 August 1848; 1 August 1948
        Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, 7 November 1949
        Lakenheath AB, England, May–December 1950
        Lockbourne (later, Rickenbacker) AFB, Ohio, 15 April 1948 – 30 November 1979
    So I'm guessing the photo is probably from one of these, unless it predates even Smoky Hill.
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    Re:56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of WW2 2013/01/25 20:21:01 (permalink)
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    Kevin and Bob,
    Thank you for the information. Smoky Hill is most likely the Airfield as the construction of the Hangar in the photo matches some of the Smoky Hill Hangars.
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