The Washington

The Washington Times by Chris Howlett

WZ966 on the ground at RAF Watton

WZ966 on the ground at RAF Watton

“Washington” was the RAF designation for the famous Boeing B29, one example of which, the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. No B-29s were built for the RAF. All that were received (87 in total) were built for USAAF use many had seen active service before being transferred to the RAF in the early 1950s.

Chris Howlett is researching the history of the Washington Aircraft in general. He produced a series of informative and extremely interesting newsletters on the subject. You access PDF copies of it using the links below.

Dave Forster has written an account of 192 Squadron Washington’s – If you are ex-RWE/CSE/192 “Over the years I’ve managed to amass a fair bit of info on the technical and operational aspects of the squadron during the 1950s and beyond (it’s surprising how much is in the public domain) – but I’d really like to get some personal recollections to tie everything together. I’m not looking for any earth-shattering revelations regarding overflights or anything like that – just some idea of what it was like to serve on the squadron during that period.”

If you are ex-RWE/CSE/192 can you add anything?

2 Comments

  • Have just come across this site, is the WT still in operation?
    I was with 192 sqd from 1954 to Sept 1958 and worked in A flight as engine mechanic.
    I am in the last photo in issue 20.

    • Hi Roger – I emailed with Chris a few months ago. Although I think the WT has come to an end he did say “I am always happy to help former Washington People in any way that I can.”
      The contact details in the last issue are still current.
      I hope that helps, Julian

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