It started down then pulled up and slipped under B-29 42-6390, and hit the left horizontal and vertical stabilizer and the parts broke away. Wooten saw one parachute come out of 42-6390 before it crashed. Japanese pilot Sergeant Shinobu Ikeda reported intentionally ramming 42-6390. He was able to bail out and survived.

 

TSgt Arnold G. Pope was the sole survivor. He managed to bail out. He saw the B-29 crash and saw no other parachutes.

B-29 formation over Japan

PARRISH, ROGER ELMO, JR., Captain, # 0-424016, USAAF

 

Roger E. Parrih, Jr., was born on 4 January 1920 in Jackson, Tennessee to Roger E. Parrish (1893-1959) and Elizabeth Morris (Fletcher) Parrish (1899-1986). He attended Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, Class of 1941; played basketball and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. His sister was Elizabeth Fletcher (Parrish) Vann (1923-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 3 January 1941. He had completed three years of college. He completed basic and advanced flight training for the B-29 Superfortress and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, then to an advance airfield in China. On 7 December 1944, B-29, # 42-6390, “Gallopin’ Goose,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the enemy iron works at Mukden, Manchria. Capt. Parrish was the pilot in command. It was last seen at 0210 Zulu over the target. Enemy fighter collided with B-29, 42-6390, over the target. SSgt. William Wooten, a gunner in another B-29, reported: The enemy fighter came at them and Wooten fired at it at about 400 yards. The fighter’s right engine started smoking and burning. Wooten saw the canopy fly off. It started down then pulled up and slipped under B-29 42-6390 and hit the left horizontal and vertical stabilizer and the parts broke away. Wooten saw one parachute come out of 42-6390 before it crashed. Japanese pilot Sergeant Shinobu Ikeda reported intentionally ramming 42-6390. He was able to bail out and survived. TSgt Arnold G. Pope managed to bail out and was the sole survivor. He saw the B-29 crash and saw no other parachutes.