USAAF Nose Art Research Project


City of Arcadia
B-29A-15-BN 42-93925

29th Bomb Group, 43rd Bomb Squadron

This aircraft was also known as
No Balls Atoll

City of Arcadia Photo credit : Trisha Young
Photo credit : Trisha Young

Assigned to the crew of Capt Charles Hawks after whom it was almost certainly named due his birth place having been Los Angeles county. There was already a City of Los Angeles in the 29BG. Interestingly, two of his crew members appear to have been twin brothers born in Ohio with the surname Miksch. It was rare for two family members to be allowed to serve in the same crew and interestingly Donald Miksch had served in the Regular Army Reserves as an officer and seems to have taken a demotion to get into the USAAF. Any clarification on this would be greatly appreciated.

Although Hawks' crew were assigned to this long serving B29 it is not yet confirmed if they flew all of the missions listed.

City of Arcadia suffered a taxi accident on 26th June 1945 at North Field, Guam, but was repaired and returned to combat service. After returning to the USA after the war ended, this B29 was based at March AFB in California. In September 1951 it flew to England on temporary duty but after returning to the USA it crashlanded on 5th April 1953 at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and was scrapped a year later.

Known Mission List

Date Pilot


9 Mar 1945 TokyoCapt C B Hawks / W H Hagdorn /
11 Mar 1945 Nagoya docksAborted
13 Mar 1945 Osaka 
16 Mar 1945 Kobe 
18 Mar 1945 Nagoya docks 
24 Mar 1945 NagoyaMitsubishi factory
27 Mar 1945 Omura 
3 Apr 1945 Shizuock 
6 Apr 1945 NagoyaMitsubishi factory
11 Apr 1945 Koriyama 
13 Apr 1945 Tokyo Arsenal 
15 Apr 1945 KawasakiAborted
16 Apr 1945 Kanoya 
20 Apr 1945 Kushira 
21 Apr 1945 Miyazaki 
25 Apr 1945 Miyazaki 
3 May 1945 Tachiari airfield 
4 May 1945 Oita Arsenal 
9 May 1945 Otake & Tokuyama 
13 May 1945 Nagoya 
16 May 1945 NagoyaMitsubishi factory
18 May 1945 Hamamatsu 
23 May 1945 Tokyo 
28 May 1945 Yokohama 
9 Jun 1945 Tachikawa 
14 Jun 1945 Osaki 
19 Jun 1945 Shizuocka 
21 Jun 1945 Tamashima 
25 Jun 1945 Nagoya Arsenal 
28 Jun 1945 Nobeoka 
6 Jul 1945 Kafu 
9 Jul 1945 Gifu area 
16 Jul 1945 Hiratsuka


© Ray Bowden 12 August 2022