Bomber Crewman Communist anti-aircraft guns sometimes forced B-29 crews to altitudes above 20,000 feet. At this height, the temperature dropped to well below zero degrees Fahrenheit and crews needed warm clothing for protection. Many wore the same flight clothing that their counterparts did in World War II. Some also added their own unofficial flight caps, like this crewman. Exhibit Case: Sgt. Don Beck, a B-29 tail gunner, wore this A-2 jacket and silk scarf while serving in the 325th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group from July to October 1950. The jacket has US and UN flags on the back, while the scarf illustrates his B-29, Townswick's Terrors, along with all the targets he flew against. Staff Sergeant Norman Fix, a B-29 radio operator in the 345th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomb Wing, wore this decorative, off-duty jacket. These World War II-era sheep shearling trousers helped keep B-29 crewman warm in the frigid air at high altitude. Click here to return to the Strategic Bombing Overview. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Boeing B-29 Superfortress Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.