I am trying to identify the first Bomber to complete 25 missions in the Pacific Theater. The 22nd BG B-26s were the first to launch a bombing mission (Rabaul on April 5, 1942) but I have not been able to find any mission counts for bombers in the Pacific Theater of Operation (PTO).
I am assisting the National Museum of the Air Force. The Museum is in the process of restoring the B-17 Memphis Belle as the center piece for a display featuring bombers that completed 25 missions early in the War. The B-24 Liberator Hot Stuff will be included in the display because it was the first heavy bomber to complete 25 missions (Feb. 7, 1943) and the B-17 Hell's Angels was the first B-7 to complete 25 missions (May 13, 1943). The Museum would also like to feature a bomber from the Pacific Theater but have not identified one yet.
A friend of mine who was a copilot on the B-24 in the China, Berma, India Theater of Operation (CBI) told me that they recorder the number of hours but not the number of missions flown. Maybe that was the same in the PIO. Any help in this effort would be greatly appreciated.
It was the B-29 Superfortress.
This was in the Eight Air Force(8AF), but was originally in the twentieth air force.