Hey RT and Ricky, thank you for the nice welcome, good to see you old friends too and being reminded of good memories
I don't think I ever shared the rest of the story of "Raz 'N Hell" with you. Some years after the thread here @ TGPlanes... I got an e-mail from Hugh "Lon" Chaney who told me he put many of the bomb stencils (missions flown) as bombardier of "Raz 'N Hell." He went so far as to send me a collection of photos and a sheet with captions that were simply incredible. He took in-flight photos from the nose station and showed raids in progress over North Korea. Shots of him dressed in all the gear ready for a combat mission... and more importantly how this particular B-29 got it's name.
It was one of a few aircraft modified to carry the "Razon" bomb-- an early radio-controlled bomb--and so the Raz 'N in it's name refers to it's origins with the Razon bomb. I have some correspondence/insights shared by Mr. Chaney... if I can find them in my e-mail folder, I'll post them up here.
man, thats a real treasure! These old pictures connect us with the past. It brings this plane closer to being alive by seeing the pictures and by hearing the story behind the nose art. I havent heard much about the VB-3 Razon to be honest, I ve just had a quick read on wikipedia, but even this has been really interessting. Especially the special missions of B-29s attacking bridges in north korea. I ve learned something more. It seems that the efforts made in Korea are sometimes in the shadow of world war 2 and vietnam, but nevertheless its so interessting.
Especially this Email, thank you very much for sharing it Tim. It is quite sad to hear about the fate of Col. Payne Jennings and his crew. And again I was never aware of the Tarzon which is literally a mindblowing piece of engineering. Its really great to hear about the stories of the crew of Raz´n Hell, which brings this plane alive.