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Swamp Fire

Dedicated to the Ground and Air Combat Crews who flew aircraft Contract Number: 20292 - Serial Number: 42-32024 - Fuselage Code: WA-L - Nose Art: Swamp Fire and to the Airmen of the of the 379th Bombardment Group. Swamp Fire was the first heavy bomber to reach 100 missions without an abort and chosen for the "Grapefruit Mission" 28 May 1944. Each aircraft and airman who fought in that conflict has a story of equal heroics and accomplishments. It is our desire be representative of all the Aircraft and Airmen of the Allied Air Forces in WWII.

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Kimbolton, England

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Swamp Fire - Aircraft # 20292 - Serial # 42-32024
Swamp Fire - Aircraft # 20292 - Serial # 42-32024
Assigned to the 524th BS of the 379th BG at Kimbolton, England. Selected as part of the379th's mission to drop America's first flying bomb on Cologne, Germany May 1944. First Heavy bomber to reach 100 missions without an abort. Declared War Weary 12 December 1944. Website tribute page at:http://sites.google.com/site/swampfiresite/home
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A Crew Of The 379Th Bomb Group Poses In Front Of A Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" At An 8Th Air Force Base In England On 1 May 1944.
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A Crew Of The 379Th Bomb Group Poses Beside The Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Swamp Fire' At An 8Th Air Force Base In England, 14 March 1944.
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After Briefing, Crew Members Of The Boeing B-17 'Swamp Fire' Load The Equipment On A Truck Which Will Take Them To The Flight Line At An 8Th Air Force Base In England. Soon They And Other Crews Of The 379Th Bomb Group Will Be Roaring Over Enemy Occupied
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A Crew Of The 379Th Bomb Group Poses In Front Of A Boeing B-17 "Swamp Fire" At An 8Th Air Force Base In England On 1 May 1944.
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Kimbolton, England

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By October of 1944 there was humorous rumors and speculations going around Kimbolton about the Swamp Fire. It was said that: "Due to all the combat damages such as: a new nose section, a new tail section, a new ball turret, a new stabilizer, three wing replacements, 16 engine changes and over 1000 bullet and flak hole patches, there wasn't much of the original Aircraft left !"

" No, there isn't much left of the original Swamp Fire, just the fighting spirit and tradition built into her and maintained by her ground and combat crewmen. She is an excellent criterion of the greatest bomber in the European Theater of Operations"                     Commander 379th USAAF at the 100th Mission without an abort Celebration


For the stories and facts about this great Aircraft and the men who flew her go to:

              http://sites.google.com/site/swampfiresite/home

Also visit this site about the Nose Art, Aircraft & Airmen of the 379th BG

              https://sites.google.com/site/379thbgnoseart/

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