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458th BS Sentimental Journey B-29 Model

$279.00

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458th BS Sentimental Journey B-29 Model

Fly with the 458th BS in this hand crafted B-29 model (Sentimental Journey). Each model is carefully carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love. 18 inches.

AAF Serial Number 44-70016 was delivered to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 6 April 1945, and later assigned to the 330th Bombardment Group based out of North Field, Guam, for combat service. Assigned to the 330th’s 458th Bombardment Squadron, it began to regularly fly on combat missions, and was later dubbed Sentimental Journey. By the war’s end, Sentimental Journey had flown a total of 30 Missions with the 458th 330th Bombardment Group, and was placed into storage. In March 1954, it was renamed Dopey and assigned to 4713th Radar Evaluation Squadron, at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, flying radar defense evaluation flights until 1959. In June 1959, S/N 44-70016 was finally retired from the air force, and sent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona for storage. Then, in 1969 the B-29 was donated to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (then the U.S. Air Force Museum), and later placed on loan to the Pima Air & Space Museum (then the Tucson Air Museum Foundation of Pima County).[15] During the 1980s, it featured in the 1980 TV Movie Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb, which starred Billy Crystal and Patrick Duffy, and the 1982 TV Movie Deadly Encounter with Larry Hagman.