Bombers and Boats: SB-17 and SB-29 Combat Operations in Korea. - Air Power History

Bombers and Boats: SB-17 and SB-29 Combat Operations in Korea.

By Air Power History

  • Release Date: 2004-03-22
  • Genre: Engineering

Description

The Korean War witnessed hundreds of dramatic rescues of airmen plucked from behind enemy lines and thousands of wounded GIs evacuated from the front lines to safety and medical care. Exploits such as these earned worldwide reputations for the H-5 and H-19 helicopters and SA-16 amphibians, and for the men who flew and maintained the aircraft. But several lesser-known Air Rescue Service (ARSvc) aircraft served in the war theater as well, among them the SB-17 and SB-29 (S for search-and-rescue), rescue-modified versions of the famed World War II bombers. Modified to carry air-droppable lifeboats under their bellies, both bomber types performed valuable service in the Korean War. The SB-17, replaced by the SA-16 and SB-29, flew operational missions from the war's outset until late 1951, while the SB-29 operated in the war theater from September 1950 until the armistice of July 1953. Boeing SB-17G Flying Fortress