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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Tales Of The Swamp Fire
January 1944 to December 1944 | Kimbolton, England
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
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