U.S. Army Air Corp 504th bomb group, Tinian
Most all photos were taken in 1945 by Raymond R. Schumacher,
Navigator, First Lieutenant, 20th AF, 313th Bomb Wing, 504th Bomb Group (Circle-E).
Service: 17 Feb. 1943 - 17 Mar. 1946, #02068876
The 504th bomb group was based on Tinian Island and flew over a hundred missions to the Japanese Islands.
These images were scanned from original 4" prints. Identifying the planes with their nose art pictured below is one of the reasons for this page, if you can, please do and E-Mail me at:
rays aaat blue-cove.com (<- anti-spam version)
I have a lot of photos of the islands, missions, and daily life at the time, and more will be forthcoming.
The base - Tinian
"A view of the base"
"A part of North field with Saipan in the background."
"504th Group area from the Supply hill."
"Our quonset hut, we built the porch."
"504th Thor theatre with Flinchie in the foreground."
A long row of B-29s
Another row from the front
A number of B-29s flying over the Group area
The runway asphalt plant on Tinian
"A close-up of part of the harbor and docks."
The Alexander Mitchell in Tinian harbor
A few rows of B-24s on the island
A photo of "the rack and covering of the atomic bomb", evidently while it was on the tarmack
Fliers of the B-29s
Another page is dedicated to airmen.
B-29 nose art
A pic of Holly Hawk's nose art while standing on the port wing
Photos from the Pacific theater
A nice pic of the starboard engines of a B-24 in flight
Iwo Jima from the air, before landing
Mount Saribachi from the runway
"Iwo landing strip" with some 504th planes
A photo of Marshall Island natives
A sniper aiming at Japanese holdouts on Saipan
"Saipan Harbor, Cargo Ship, Sept 1945"
Captured Japanese planes
A "Betty" bomber from the interior
"Jap soldiers at aerodrome near Tokyo. Jap Zeke in background. Dec 1945"
" Jap transport planes. Almost like the American AT-7. Tokyo Dec 1945"
More Japanese transport planes with out camoflage
Japanese transport plane interior photo
Japanese main islands from the air
Osaka, the light areas are burned out, dark areas are standing buildings, bomb craters in the foreground
Yawata, mostly burned
Yawata, harbor area was mined previously, ships in the photo are all sunk
Yawata, from another pass
The Emporer's palace, after occupation
"Those who are virtuous command"