Following are links to books, documentaries and various web sites that should definitely be of interest.
This symbol represents "must read / must see" items. These items all make major mention of the "Kee Bird" and the 46th/72nd Reconnaissance Squadron.

There is web site currently under construction, strictly for the 46th/72nd Recon.
( Please visit it - as it will contain lots of great history on this fantastic military unit.

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World In Peril
Author: Ken White
The Origin, Mission & Scientific Findings of the 46th/72nd Reconnaissance Squadron.
World in Peril is the nonfiction story of the first operational unit in the Strategic Air Command, the 46th Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned SAC's first operational mission, "Project Nanook," - to assess the Soviet threat in the Arctic at the beginning of the Cold War.  There is an excellant section on the "Kee Bird" and the rescue of the crew.  The Author's Father is Maynard E. White, who was the founding Commander of the 46th/72nd Recon Squadron from June 1946 - August 1948. This is a must read!
Hunting Warbirds
Author: Carl Hoffman
The Obsessive Quest for the Lost Aircraft of World War II.
Hoffman takes us questing for rare WWII aircraft with warbird hunter Gary Larkins and air racer Darryl Greenamyer. They partnered in repairing the B-29 Kee Bird and planned on flying it off the Greenland icecap, where it crash-landed in 1947. Greenamyer's crew actually had the Kee Bird executing a takeoff run 50 years after it crash landed. This is a must read!
Spy Flights of the Cold War
Author: Paul Lashmar
New evidence, both documentary and interview, from the former Soviet Union reveals the full extent of political tension created by the spy plane war.
This book mentions the 46th/72nd Recon and has quite a bit on General Curtis LeMay.
Navigation North of Seventy
Author: 1st LT David J Haney
Out Of Print.
From the book: 1st LT David J. Haney was one of the most qualified authorities on Polar navigation. He had over 10,000 flown in the Arctic and Polar regions by the 72nd Recon squadron (VLR) Photographic. It was his desire that the Polar navigation of the future use this history as an orientation, and a basis from which he can immediately develop his own refinements and techniques without having to experience situations that have already been met.
The Secret Explorers
Author: Fred Wack
Out Of Print.
There were only 500 copies of this book made. (Sadly enough). This is a great read. Full of great photographs. There is currently an effort underway to bring this book back. The author, Fred Wack served in the 72nd Recon from 1948 until 1951. He was a Radar Navigator on RB-29's & B-36's.
Television Documentaries
B29 Frozen In Time

Purchase the video
See the PBS transcript
Excellant documentary of the attempt to repair the Kee Bird almost 50 years after it crash landed - and fly it home.
The Kee Bird was abandoned, lost but not forgotten. A small group of dedicated aircraft lovers took on the daunting task of replacing the aircraft engines, propellers and repairing other damage caused in the crash landing and by nearly fifty years of severe arctic weather.
Web Sites featuring the "Kee Bird" and The 46th/72nd
Lucky Strikes
Kee Bird crew member 2nd Lt. Robert L. "Lucky" Luedke, (Flight Engineer) shares his memories of the last flight of the "Kee Bird", and some of his experiences with the 46th Reconnaissance Squadron. This story was featured in an article from Westword magazine in 1998.
Greenland Expedition
Fantastic images of the Kee Bird prior to the recovery attempt in the 1990's. By Air Pirates - Gary Larkins. This is a must see. (And has a pic of Russell jordan in 1993!).
Paul A. Siple - Landings were made on TARGET-X
During these years of the late 1940's, studies were made by the reconnaissance squadron encompassing survival rations and equipment, navigational aids, weather reporting and national defense possibilities. The finding of TARGET-X (re-designated T-1)
Greenland Experiences
by John Lomholt

Johannes (John) Lomholt, radio technician, was stationed at what became Thule AFB from June 1946 until August 1947. "I was on early duty when SOS signals were received from a "Ptarmigan" B-29 that belly-landed on a lake approximately 300 miles north of Thule." This web site has some great photos and info on the downed "Kee Bird" and the crew's rescue.
Page 1
Page 2
Lots of great photos and commentary about the salvage attempt of the "Kee Bird" aircraft in 1995 (B29 - Frozen In Time). One of the photos shows the repaired "Kee Bird" moving under it's own power.
National Geographic (1)
National Geographic (2)
A couple of pages from National Geographic about the 1995 salvage attempt of the "Kee Bird". (The photographs were take by Carl Hoffman - Author of Hunting Warbirds)
Other Related Web Sites
B-29 Superfortress Then and Now This is the official home of, a site dedicated to the legacy of the amazing B-29 Superfortress and the men and women who flew, crewed, built and maintained her.
This is a very organized site with TONS of valuable information.
29th Bomb Group Association This is the Official Website of the 29th Bomb Group. The 29th Bomb Group was activated on February 1, 1940 at Langley Field, Virginia. It was comprised of the 6th, 43rd, 52nd, and 411th bomb squadrons. The 411th inactivated on May 20th 1944. On April 1, 1944, the 29th Bomb Group (H) was redesignated as the 29th Bomb Group (VH).
Commemorative Air Force The CAF's objective is to preserve, in flying condition, a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States in World War II. They perpetuate in the memory and hearts of all Americans the spirit in which these great planes were flown for the defense of our nation.
B-29, The Lost Flight of 428 This is a link to purchase an excellant book written by Tim Geary about the mysterious disappearance of his Great-Uncle's entire crew of the 428. The crew was in the 29th bomb group, Guam. (See above link to the 29th Bomb Group's official web site.)
Once in the site, go to HISTORY/MILITARY to find it.
B-29 Links Really nice site featuring more links to B-29 related web sites than I've ever seen. This takes you directly to their Links section, but you really need to look around once you're in. Loaded with B-29 info.
Requiem For An Aircraft - Farewell to a Pilot Great site featuring B-29's and accolades to their pilots. Some good photo images. Well written.
Warbird Alley Great site featuring B-29's and all other WWII vintage aircraft. This link takes you directly the the B-29 section, but you can go from there.
Boeing Site - about restoration of B-29 named "DOC" A project is under way in the Experimental Flight Hangar. According to Restoration Project Director Dick Ziegler, the key to this effort will be getting volunteer mechanics who can "help put that airplane back together."
Boeing Site - Many great old
B-29 photos
This site from Boeing has many vintage B-29 photographs. Be aware this site this site has 3 pages total - once in the site you can click on the page numbers to view them.

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