Is there a B-29 at the bottom of Red Lake?

A Grant, Minn., man is convinced there’s a B-29 Superfortress somewhere in Minnesota, probably in Red Lake. The notion has intrigued Richard King, 95, for more than 70 years.

He had flown in the plane in the summer of 1945, just a few days before it disappeared over Minnesota, the Rochester Post-Bulletin says.

The plane was leaking fuel and, fearing it would explode, the crew set the autopilot for 9,000 feet and bailed out over Grand Rapids, Minn.

“We thought it hit a mountain,” King said. “But it was never found.”

And with war ending, the government wasn’t all that interested in finding out what happened to it.

King was supposed to be on the plane and was excited that he was going to be able to fly over his home state on a training mission. But his unit’s captain refused to fly the plane because of the odor of fuel. Another crew wasn’t so reluctant.

The fact no one has ever found it has him convinced it’s in Red Lake, particularly since people in the area reported hearing a big plane fly over.

“I’ve been up there, I’ve spent some serious time up there,” he tells the paper “It’s a shallow lake,” with sand moving through the current and visibility limited, King said, to about six inches. “You can’t see your hand in front of your face.”

Or maybe it blew up somewhere over flyover country.

King will speak about his fascination with the flight next Monday in Rochester, hoping someone will pick up the mystery.

  • Rob

    According to a Minnpost article from 10/21/16, there’s a B-24 Liberator at the bottom of Lake Pepin; the story notes that the crew reportedly went down with the plane when it crashed in Decenber of 1944.

    The Minnpost article includes a comment from a well-known, decorated Liberator pilot, George McGovern. He noted that crews referred to the B-24 as the Liquidator for its propensity to not gather enough speed for takeoff. McGovern clearly beat the takeoff odds – and the odds of safely returning from bombing missions – and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    • jon

      Some day archeologists of the distant future will uncover all these old planes and boats, and research them like we do dinosaurs.

      • Jack Ungerleider

        Or like we do old boats and chariots from earlier civilizations.

        • jon

          I hope it’s more like dinosaurs…
          With dosants walking through museum halls pointing out their remains of reconstructed aircraft, saying that the boeing 787 feed primarily off of smaller planes… that new research suggests the B-24 was actually covered in feathers, and that F-14’s hunted in packs.


          • Jack Ungerleider

            Ah, so you’re imagining a museum that is part of a future inhabited by the robotic successors to us. After all when the air can be breathed nor the water drunk then only the machines will survive. 8^)

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  • Guest

    I would think some towed metal detection or side-scan sonar would find a clump of remains. IF it exploded the engines would most likely have been found by some deer hunter.

    Folks are dying, now is the time to ask around and interview folks who may have heard / seen something.