Geschichte der B-17 #41-2446 / Swamp Ghost

Delivered with John Haig to Fort Douglas 6/12/41; Sacramento SAD 8/12/41 for armament installation Assigned 14RS/19BG; with Capt Fred Eaton to Hickam 17/12/41, then to Wheeler and att. USN for search missions, bomb. Sgt J.J. Trelia went sick and replaced by Rich Oliver; 11/2/42 and trans. 22BS/7BG, Garbutt, Aus 20/2/42; transferred 14RS/19BG Hickham); on mission from Townsville to attack Japanese shipping at Rabual, with Capt Fred Eaton, Co-pilot: Capt Henry Harlow, Navigator: George Munro, Bombardier: Rich Oliver, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Lemieux, Radio Operator: Harry Soresen, Waist gunner: Russ Crawford, Waist gunner: Bill Schwartz,Tail gunner: John Hall; suffered battle damage, ran out of gas and bellied in Agaiambo Swamp, Papua New Guinea 23/3/42 on its first mission; days later the crew battled its way through jungle and back to base by 1/4/42. After a long litigation process with PNG government, including collector David Tallichet, it eventually returned to USA June 2010, to “Planes of Fame“ at Chino 8/12/10, by Jan 2013 the fuselage was readied for Hawaii and back to US. Curator of Pacific Aviation Museum, Ken DeHoff, is confident the $5 million dollars will be obtained for restoration. SWAMP GHOST.

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