Remember the Last of the Superfort Raids: Andersen Air Force Base joined the Guam Visitor’s Bureau on Aug. 15— the 60th anniversary of the day 143 B-29 Superfortress bombers of the 315th Bombardment Wing returned from a run over the oil fields at Akita, Japan, to unveil a memorial to the Second World War’s final missions flown out of Guam. The monument is situated on Northwest Field, which served as the staging area for many bombing missions until the final flight of the 315th in 1945. Participants in the ceremony included retired Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets, pilot of the famous Enola Gay.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.