Dinah Mite

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Sixty-nine years ago today, the B-29 Superfortress “Dinah Mite” made the first emergency landing on Iwo Jima. The battle for the tiny sulfur island was still raging as she landed.

7,000 young US Marines and 21,000 young Japanese soldiers died violent deaths for this tiny sulfur island.

(Note: Combat was still going on the left side of the makeshift runway as they were landing.  Although the B-29 was repaired and left the same day, she returned a month later for another emergency landing.  She was so heavily damaged that Dinah Might was abandoned.)

2 thoughts on “Dinah Mite”

  1. The situation in the Ukraine has me thinking about the horrific losses in WWII. In China the numbers aren’t even known, whole towns just disappeared. So horrific, it is sometimes hard to believe. Your posts are important. Arigato for posting them!

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