Boeing B-29A  44-62276

Succoth Glen, Corrow, Argyll

 
     
 
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Aircraft Photo

 

BELOW: An actual photo of Boeing B-29 Superfortress 44-62276 (coded BF-276). This photo was taken on 14 April 1948 at Goose Bay, Labrador.

 

photo of boeing b-29a 44-62276 taken at Goose Bay Labrador before the crash at Succoth Glen Scotland

 

Photo kindly provided by Keith Beckett. Used here by permission.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

USAAF / USAF Boeing B-29A Superfortress / 44-62276

 


 

The Boeing B-29 was developed as a long-range heavy bomber. It was equipped with guns that could be fired by remote control. They were used primarily in the Pacific arena, although Air Force loans of the bomber also operated over the Atlantic.

 

 The B-29 had a top speed of 365 mph and a cruising speed of 220 mph. Its range was 5,830 miles, and it carried a crew of 10. The B-29 first flew on 21 September 1942.

 

During the war in the Pacific, B-29s were used over Japan. In August 1945, the B-29 Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare. This was followed three days later by the B-29 Bockscar dropping a second nuclear bomb.

 

Wartime versions of this aircraft were powered by four 2,200 hp Wright Double Cyclone R3350 18 cylinder radial engines. However, because of problems with this power plant, re-engined and post-war B-29s were equipped with the superior Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major engines.

 

Following the war, the B-29 became the main bomber aircraft used by the newly formed USAF Strategic Air Command (SAC). It was used extensively in the Korean conflict.

 


 

BELOW: The flight engineer's panes / station of a B-29 Superfortress.

 

(For other instrument panels, etc. see the Strategic Air and Space Museum's B-29 page.)

 

 

b-29 superfortress cockpit instrument panel

 

Photo: National Museum of the USAF

 


 

The Soviet Union built a series of very similar aircraft, known as the Tupolev Tu-4. The design of the Tu-4s had been copied largely from B-29s that had made forced landings in Soviet territory during WWII.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

This particular B-29A was attached to the 301st Bombardment Group of the USAF (United States Air Forces). The aircraft had been involved in the post-war Berlin airlift.

 

Together with another B-29, the crew were flying the aircraft back to their home base at Smoky Hill, Salina (via RAF Scampton), with a refuelling and re-supply stopover at Keflavik (Meeks Field), Iceland. However, while over Scotland, the aircraft began to experience icing on the wings, making the B-29 very difficult to handle.

 

The pilot of one of the two B-29s, Captain Donald E. Riggs, requested permission to return to RAF Scampton. The pilot of the B-29 featured here, 1/Lt. Sheldon Craigmyle, requested permission to climb from 10,500 to 14,500 feet. This, however, may have proved extremely difficult, if not impossible, in view of the icing on the wings.

 

Ultimately, the aircraft lost height, clipped the summit of Beinn Tharsuinn in Argyll, and crashed in flames in Succoth Glen below.

 

The exact cause of this accident is unknown, but the accident report suggests that the prevailing weather conditions and heavy icing may have been a contributory factor, if not the sole cause.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Twenty people perished in this accident (crew and military personnel returning from the Berlin airlift). These were:

  • Pilot, 1/Lt. Sheldon C. Craigmyle;

  • Co-pilot, 1/Lt. Myrton Patrick Barry;

  • Navigator, 1/Lt. Richard D. Klingenberg;

  • Bombardier 1/Lt Robert A Fritsche;

  • T/Sgt Delbert E Cole;

  • M/Sgt Wayne W Baker;

  • T/Sgt John B Lapicca;

  • S/Sgt Malcolm W Bovard;

  • Sgt Anthony V Chrisides;

  • Sgt Rufus W Mangum;

  • PFC Jack L Heacock;

  • M/Sgt Henry P Prestoch;

  • T/Sgt Frank M Dobbs Jr;

  • Sgt Cecil G Jones;

  • Sgt Charles W Hess;

  • PFC Robert Brown Jr;

  • T/Sgt Rufus G Taylor;

  • Sgt Paul W Knight;

  • PFC Frederick N Cook;

  • PFC Bruce J Krumhols

There is some speculation, however, that there were 21 people on board the aircraft, but this has never been confirmed.

 

A stone memorial cairn can now be found at the wreck site.

 

For more detailed information of this accident, together with photos of some of the crew members, see David W. Earl's website at Aircraft Wrecks in the UK and Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

NOTE: The memorial plaque which was missing for a while from the crash site cairn has since been refurbished and re-attached to the cairn.

 


 

BELOW: The location of the B-29 crash site and memorial.

 

map showing location of b-29 crash site and memorial at succoth glen

 

Photo: 2009 Steve White

 


 

BELOW: The wrecksite looking northwest.

 

The wrecksite looking northwest.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: One of the main undercarriage legs. The remains of one of the tyres is lying under it.

 

One of the main undercarriage legs. The remains of one of the tyres is lying under it.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The route up to the wrecksite from Lochgoilhead, just after climbing up through the woods.

 

Although it's a short steep slog to reach this spot there's hardly any climbing involved to get to the wrecksite from here. After passing through the 'Coirein Rathaid' (centre of horizon) it's slightly downhill.

 

One of the main undercarriage legs. The remains of one of the tyres is lying under it..

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Exiting the Coirein Rathaid. The main wrecksite is to the left but there are lots of pieces scattered in the woods in the area circled in the next photo.

 

One of the main undercarriage legs. The remains of one of the tyres is lying under it..

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

One of the main undercarriage legs. The remains of one of the tyres is lying under it..

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: This is where the burn making its way down the centre of the photo enters the wood and where the first pieces of wreckage can be found.

 

This is where the burn making its way down the centre of the photo enters the wood and where the first pieces of wreckage can be found.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

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BELOW: The main debris field from the B-29A aircraft.

 

A wing section lies in the foreground, and a gun turret is just visible in the background.

 

main debris field from B-29 aircraft

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the debris field, with landing gear / oleo struts in the foreground.

 

a closer view of the debris field

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the wing section.

 

closer view of wing section

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Gun turret from the Boeing B-29 bomber.

 

gun turret from the boeing b-29 bomber

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: One of the four Wright Double Cyclone R3350 radial engines from the  B-29.

 

remains of one of the four engines from the b-29.

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another of the engines, without cylinder heads.

 

another of the engines, without the cylinder heads.

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: The debris field from the B-29A Superfortress that crashed at Succoth Glen. The memorial cairn nearby commemorates the US airmen who died in this tragic accident.

 

b-29 debris field at succoth glen and memorial to US airmen who died

 

 Photo: © 2008 Stephen Hayton

 


 

BELOW: Part of the remaining fuselage attachments: possibly, a gun turret section.

 

b-29 gun turret section

 

 Photo: © 2008 Stephen Hayton

 


 

BELOW: The underside of an instrument panel or communications unit, showing capacitors, resistors and other electronic components.

 

Remarkably, the resistors still bear their distinctive colour bands identifying their value (in ohms) and their tolerance (in percent).

 

b-29 electronics panel - underside of instrument panel

 

 Photo: © 2008 James Towill

 

 

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Appeal for Return of Parts

 

An appeal is being made to anyone in possession of wreckage parts—large or small—from this crash site to make them available for return to their original location. If you can provide a photo of a part or parts from this aircraft, together with an address for collection of any parts, please contact Keith Beckett at the following address: beckett.keith@googlemail.com

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Pages last updated: 8 Aug 2015

 


 

Accident Date: 17 Jan 1949

 

Accident Site:

Succoth Glen

(100m N of Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn (658m) / Beinn Tharsuinn (619m))

 

(Note: Succoth Glen is not the same as Succoth at the head of Loch Long)

 

Region: Argyll and Bute (Argyll)

 

Nearest town or village:

Corrow near Lochgoilhead

 

Nearest large town:

None in this general area. Nearest available:

Garelochhead (SE) or Helensburgh (SE)

 

OS Grid Ref. 63 / NN 161 022

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Several large identifiable parts or sections, including landing gear, engines, gun turrets, etc., together with substantial fragmented wreckage, can still be found onsite.

 

A memorial cairn and plaque also stands near the site.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: 44-62276

 

Operator: USAAF / USAF (15th US Air Force; 301st Bombardment Group Heavy)

 

Operating Base: Smoky Hill AFB, USA (en route from RAF Scampton). (Smokey Hill later renamed Schilling Air Force Base, but closed in 1965)

 

Base Location: Salina, Kansas, USA.

 

Current Airport Status:

Operational Civil Airport

 

Current Airport Name: Salina Municipal Airport (KSLN)

 

 

 

 

 

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