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The 468th Bomb Group was based at Kharagpur, India, from April 13, 1944, to May 4, 1945. On May 7, 1945, the 468th Bomb Group was sent to West Field, Tinian. Kharagpur, India, had been the Headquarters for the XX Bomber Command. Squadrons assigned to the 468th Bomb Group were the 792nd, 793rd, 794th, and 795th Bomb Squadrons. At war's end they were sent to Ft. Worth AAF (now Carswell AFB) on December 1, 1945. The pre-existing runways in China had been used primarily for B-24 Liberators, and had to be lengthened from 6,000 feet to 7,200 plus feet and to 200 feet in width.

She had been originally assigned to the 313th B/W, 505th Bomb Group. On her mission of April 1, 1945, 121 8-29s participated in the mission, and 115 bombed the primary. 115 tons of bombs were dropped in one hour and forty two minutes. The formation bombed from between 6,000 and 7,960 feet altitude. One Japanese aircraft was shot down and one probable. 6 B~29s were lost. 28. William Kelly, This 8-29 was forced to ditch on return from the December 3, 1944, mission to bomb the Aircraft Engine Plant at Tokyo.

This 8-29 was paid for by the employees of Boeing Aircraft Co. in Wichita with bond purchases during the 5th war loan. The 'EDDIE ALLEN' ended up on Tinian, having bombed targets in 7 countries. On the 25th of May 1944 mission to Tokyo this 8-29 was so badly damaged that it went to salvage. His service was far from over. Removing the wings, the Eddie Allen was used for a ditching trainer. Named in honor of 'Test Pilot Eddie Allen", a thin, balding 43 year old who had been the first individual to span the distance between designer, engineer, and Test Pilot.

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