B 32 Dominator

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B 32 Dominator

Post by South » 12 Feb 2018 08:10

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-bu ... fter-24440

Good morning all,

Article tells of the B 32 serving as a "fallback option" in case the B 29 failed in its mission.

Note the article's last sentence that the B 32 fought the last WWII US air battle after WWII ended.

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Re: B 32 Dominator

Post by ROLAND1369 » 13 Feb 2018 16:55

As well as being a backup for the B 29 the B 32 had some advanced features not found in the former. Anti skid braking and reversible props on the inboard engines.It also had the Consolidated aircraft roll up bomb doors which did not slow the aircraft on bomb runs as did those of the B 29. It also did not have the engine cooling and engine fire problems which plagued the B 29 for its entire career. As you can tell from the design it represented an evolution of the B 24. little known fact was that the 8th Air Force's 2nd Air division, which flew B24s in Europe, was sent home after the victory in Europe, given 30 days leave, and told to start retraining on B 32s for service in the invasion of Japan. Not a happy reward. However when they reported in there were no B 32s for them to train on, so they kept their time in on brand new B 24s till the Japanese surrender and the need became moot. I know this because my father, after 28 missions in Europe, was one of the lucky ones in the 446th bomb group selected for this reward.

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Re: B 32 Dominator

Post by South » 14 Feb 2018 07:21

Good morning Roland 1369,

Great info - especially because it's primary sourced.

Had near zero info on the B32 and guessed it participated in the post war Berlin airlift - but it only saw Asia service.

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Re: B 32 Dominator

Post by Truckman » 13 Mar 2018 03:40

I included some thoughts on the B-32 in an article I wrote here: http://1truckman.blogspot.com/2016/08/l ... bject.html ... :milwink: ...Ben

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