On May 26, 1945 Commander (Pat Patton--2,200 hours in a B-17) and myself were assigned to Herrington, Kansas for overseas assignment. At Herrington, Kansas we were given a new B-29 ( I co-signed a receipt for an airplane costing $950,000). We were assigned to the 20th Air Force, 58th Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 793 Bomb Squadron on Tinian in the Mariana Islands. After checking out the plane, we flew to California. We left California on June 10, 1945 for Hawaii. The flight was uneventful and we landed in Hawaii. After several hours rest we took off for Johnson Island. The island was very small and just 7 feet above sea level with just one runway that was 8,000 feet long --we had to land in the first 100 feet of the runway in order to stop safely, and we did, but it was quite a thrill. After a brief rest we took off for Tinian. Tinian is an island about 5 miles wide and 10 miles long located approximately 1,450 miles from Tokyo. We were directed to land on West field, which we did, and then we were transported to our squadron headquarters.
Written by Leonard M. Anthony