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The following points are from War's End by Charles W. Sweeney. (1997) Avon Books. ISBN0-380-78874-8
The 509th Composite Group was activated December 17, 1944, not in September 1944. p.94.
Don Albury (as Sweeney refers to him in the book) was one of three pilots under Sweeney assigned to testing the XB-29 and YB-29 delivered to Eglin Air Base in September, 1943. pp. 38-39, 43, 52.
Albury went with Sweeney to Wendover Air Base in September, 1944. p. 81.
Albury was one of two pilots included in a group invited by Tibbets to form the nucleus of what became the 509th. Tibbets formed two air crews, one headed by himself with Bob Lewis as his co-pilot, and the other headed by Sweeney, with Albury as his co-pilot. p. 107.
I'm reluctant to make any major edits to this article (he was my second cousin). An ebook edition of Sweeney's book may be available for borrowing through a library (http://openlibrary.org/books/OL1008554M/War's_end), if someone wants to verify this information and use it. -- Donald Albury 12:50, 4 February 2012 (UTC)