History of the
B-17 #42-32016 / Swamp Gal

Delivered Denver 15/1/44; MacDill 5/2/44; Morrison 12/3/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Tortorella 30/3/44; transferred 347BS/99BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action {87m} Brux 25/12/44 with Bill Brandon, Forman, Duncan, McReynolds, Dunn, Kuzan, Leffingwell, Eaton, Lynn H. Ostrander, Miller; flak, crashed Oslip, Czech ?; Missing Air Crew Report 10704. SWAMP GAL.

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  1. von Charles Ostrander am 26. December 2018 14:54 Uhr

    The name Strander should be Lynn H. Ostrander. He was a waist gunner on his first mission. Dad at 95 is still alive and has written up some of his memories of being shot down in Swamp gal.

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 26. December 2018 15:22 Uhr

      Thank you! Name updated.

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    • von Sara Head am 26. March 2019 15:13 Uhr

      No I don’t. My brother sent me a link where he found a list of the original crew and he was thinking that may have been Daddy’s plane. He told us he was sick the day his crew got shot down. I don’t know a whole lot, but he was stationed in Italy and flew 24 missions as a gunner.

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      • von b17flyingfortress.de am 26. March 2019 20:06 Uhr

        Hello Sara, only one B-17 with the name Swamp Gal know to me so far. And this is this one. It was assigned at last to the 99th bomb group which was stationed in Italy. It’s very possible. that this B-17 was your father’s plane.

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  2. von Lynn Ostrander am 27. December 2018 0:54 Uhr

    Not sure that the mission was Oslip, but it was to Czechoslovakia. The plane took flack at mission site over Czech. The plane was shot by a fighter over Austria and crashed and burned in Austria. The date was 25 December, 1944.

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  3. von Sara Head am 26. March 2019 14:38 Uhr

    I’m trying to find out if the Swamp Gal was the plane my Dad flew in as a gunner. His name was George Mitchell. The story I always heard was that he was sick the day his crew got shot down.

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 26. March 2019 14:47 Uhr

      Hello Sara,

      do you know the unit where your father served?

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  4. von Sara Head am 10. April 2019 16:06 Uhr

    I finally figured out this is the plane my Dad flew on. I have a picture of the original crew with the names listed on the back, and he’s listed as the AG. He was sick that day and it appears Mr. Ostrander took his place.

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    • von Chuck Ostrander am 12. September 2019 18:53 Uhr

      It would seem that my Dad, Lynn Ostrander, was the fill-in waist gunner for the final, fatal mission of the Swamp Gal on Christmas Day 1944. It seems he filled in for Sara Head’s father who was sick that day.

      Lynn Ostrander is still doing well at age 96 and he has an active mind and a good memory. He now lives in Syracuse, New York and he was interviewed for the local TV station for the July 4th. celebration this year, 2019. He is the only surviving member of the Swamp Gal’s crew on that final mission.

      Dad was 96 years old on July 5th and he and Mom were married 70 years on July 30th. He was interviewed on the Syracuse, New York TV station. Here is the link if you would like to see it.

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      https://cnycentral.com/news/local/wwii-vet-encourages-others-to-remember-the-importance-of-independence-day

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  5. von Jim am 06. September 2019 2:56 Uhr

    Have two photos of “Swamp Gal” from dads WW2 photos, he was a driver for the 78 Bulk Petrol company, R.A.S.C attached to the 8th army. Think it’s a R.A.S.C group photo although there may be one or two USA servicemen in it. Not sure if anybody using your site would be interested.

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