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Boeing F-13A 'Superfortress'

Description
  Manufacturer:Boeing
  Base model:F-13
  Designation:F-13
  Version:A
  Nickname:Superfortress
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1930-1947
  Basic role:Photographic
  Status:Experimental

Specifications
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Recent comments by our visitors
 Daniel Masessa
 Montville, ME
I would like to get a message to Steve Kelley in North Easton, MA. I see you have the historical records for the 3rd PRS. I'm looking for any information on a SSG Alan Kimball. I have his uniform and I just recently found out he was in the 3rd PRS. I don't know what crew or plane he would have served with. Alan Kimball passed away in 1990 and I never met him. The local old timers seem to think he was involved somehow in or near the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I will gladly pay you for research time if you are willing. I would love to know more about this veteran and have the history to go with his uniform. Thank you.

Dan Masessa
Montville, Maine
05/17/2016 @ 06:41 [ref: 69638]
 Steve Kelley
 North Easton, MA
My grand uncle, SSGT Edward E. Kelley was lost on a flight commanded by Capt Omer Cox on 4/12/1945. The left side blister blew out and he was sucked from the aircraft at 30,000ft. Cox circled his chute and the area for 70min before heading to Iwo for fuel. Eddie was never found. I just got all of the 3rd PRS historical records and mission reports. Amazing stuff and have only started to read through them. Would love to hear from anyone with similar records, photos, etc. I few photos and such I can share.
01/23/2016 @ 15:45 [ref: 69443]
 Bob Roe
 Oklahoma City, OK
Further to my last note, here is an excerpt from my Dad's personal memoirs, about his reunion with Omer Cox in Aug 1945:
"We had corresponded with each other so most of the time we knew where each other was stationed. The night before the [Hiroshima] atomic bomb was dropped he came to the barracks where I was, the first time I had seen him for over two years. He told me he was to go on a special mission with planes from Tinian. We learned by radio what the special mission was. When the plans were made to drop the second A-bomb, he repeated his coming to find me.
Also, there is a personal story on the 'Net from another photo recon photographer, John McGlohon at http://www.writeonnewjersey.com/tag/august-6-1945/
who claims that his F-13 accidentally flew over Hiroshima and took pic directly above ground zero. He says, "... Seems two of our squadron aircraft had been ordered by General LaMay to fly with the Enola Gay team on the morning of the bombing but to stay 50 miles away from the target area. Captain Omar Cox and Lt. Tom Kendall flew these ships"
01/21/2016 @ 05:05 [ref: 69435]
 Bob Roe
 Oklahoma City, OK
Hi, I uploaded a photo from Nov 1941 when my father, Isaiah F Roe, was on a short leave at his home in Adams County IL, standing next to his good friend, Omer L. Cox. Mr Cox would enlist in the USAAF in early 1942, believe he became a bomber pilot in Nth Africa before pilot of a F-13 photo recon (modified B-29) on Guam in 1945. My father was a B-29 mechanic and ground crew chief at North Airfield, Tinian. I saw Roger Cox's note re his dad, but don't know if he ever heard of mine. Cox was (I think) a Captain on evening of Aug 5 1945, when he evidently had flown up to Tinian North from Guam for briefing prior to the historic mission the next morning. He and Dad had kept in touch by mail through the war, and Capt Cox walked the 1/4 mile or so to visit dad with 398th Bomber Sqdrn, 504 Bomb Group, 20th AF between 2nd & 3rd runways at Tinian North. Dad never said exactly what his friend told him, but it had to have been a very interesting conversation. P.S. Another pilot from Adams County achieved fame: Paul Tibbets,pilot of Enola Gay was from Quincy IL.
01/21/2016 @ 04:21 [ref: 69434]
 Dave Stern
 Renton, WA
Hullo and nice historical images on F-13s. I'm member and write for AAHS Journal...see last two issues on Arctic Ops history. Still several parts to go including Soviet TU-4 Bull ops in the Arctic!

Searching for images of F-13s based at Ladd Field, Eielson AFB, Goose Bay, Thule, or other northern hemisphere ops please do contact me at above E-Mail address. I do collect numerous aviation photos and can either trade, give credit when used in the Arctic Ops stories, etc. Any details are most welcome. I'm well established mag author...see my various space project articles on secret boost-glider projects at QUEST History of Spaceflight Quarterly and 2000 era for articles at Air Enthusiast magazine...see Pole Vaulters in May/Jun 2005 issue of AE. Thanks and good fortunes to all.
Dave

08/26/2012 @ 01:40 [ref: 66410]
 Dave Stern
 Renton, WA
Hullo and nice historical images on F-13s. I'm member and write for AAHS Journal...see last two issues on Arctic Ops history. Still several parts to go including Soviet TU-4 Bull ops in the Arctic!

Searching for images of F-13s based at Ladd Field, Eielson AFB, Goose Bay, Thule, or other northern hemisphere ops please do contact me at above E-Mail address. I do collect numerous aviation photos and can either trade, give credit when used in the Arctic Ops stories, etc. Any details are most welcome. I'm well established mag author...see my various space project articles on secret boost-glider projects at QUEST History of Spaceflight Quarterly and 2000 era for articles at Air Enthusiast magazine...see Pole Vaulters in May/Jun 2005 issue of AE. Thanks and good fortunes to all.
Dave

08/26/2012 @ 01:40 [ref: 66409]
 Roger Cox
 Annapolis, MD
My father was the AC on Tokyo Rose and Valiant Lady, Lt Omer L. Cox. He spoke of Lt Savage. I still have some of these pictures. Dad passed away in 94. He and I attended the 3rd photo group reunion in Reno in the early 90's. These stories and pictures bring back many stories. Dad was in the 581st and 322nd on Okinawa in the 50's, where we came to live for several years when I was young. I was a C141 AC during the vietnam era. Thanks to all for your stories and pictures.
04/09/2012 @ 15:12 [ref: 55420]
 Paul Noonan
 Australia, AK
Hi
It looks like I can't upload photos unless I'm an American...so today I am.

The 5 sepia coloured F13 photos come from my grandfathers 1940-46 RAAF photo Album. The yokohama yo yo took the 1st photos after hiroshima, according to wurden-history-newsletter.pdf

Does anyone know where the photos were taken? Hope you like them.

Paul
03/15/2012 @ 21:51 [ref: 54309]
 Laura Masuga Philbrook
 Mahomet, IL
My uncle, Lawrence "Sonny" E. Masuga was lost on 2-14-45 while flying a mission as a member of the Army Air Force 3rd Photo Recon. Sq. He was in the Marianas Islands and he was headed for a mission over Nagoya,Japan. If anyone knows of him or has pictures, I would certainly appreciate seeing them.

Thanks and thanks for your service!
02/20/2012 @ 14:39 [ref: 53132]
 Rick Young
 Denver, CO
Hello All,

Again, many thanks to Gina Savage and her father Fred. A lot has been cleared up. My father, George Young, was assigned to the Valiant Lady (as a tail gunner) but also flew a few missions in the Tokoyo Rose. History is an amazing thing when it is passed in stories within families. If anyone has any other information on the #rd Photo Recon Squad, please share it as you can. I have a lot of pictures I have converted to digital if anyone is interested. Be safe and Happy 4th of July to everyone, but in particular to all of our Veterans!! We would not be here celebrating without your sacrifices and service. God Bless You All!
Rick Young (youngra@comcast.net)
06/30/2010 @ 12:19 [ref: 26748]

 

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