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Erle G Swanson Jr 1
Level of Education: 3 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1917 1
Oregon 1
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Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
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39306041 1
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Portland Oregon 1
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Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Box Number: 1419 1
Film Reel Number: 6.185 1

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Erle Swanson Jr. "Swanny" B-25 Pilot

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321stBG,448thBS, Capt. Erle "Swanny" Swanson, B-25 Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS MTO

The 57th Bomb Wing was contacted by Todd Laney, Nephew of Lt Erle J "SWANNY" Swanson, 27 June, 2010. 

321stBG,448thBS, Lt Erle G Swanson, Jr. (Placed 28 Nov. 2008, Barbi Ennis Connolly)

HERE'S THEIR STORY:

#1;

321st_448th Captain Erle G. "Swanny" Swanson

Swanson, Erle G., "Swanny", Jr., Captain, Enlistment Service # : 39306041
Officer's Service # : O-742262
MISSING IN ACTION On 12 May 1944~Returned on 13 May 1944~On May 12th, 1944
while on a mission over a command post at Pico, Italy, Lieutenant Swanson's
plane was hit by flak over the target before dropping his bombs. A direct
hit was scored in the right wing and on the right engine. As his hydraulic
lines were severed, his wheels dropped and his bomb-bay doors remained open.
He left the formation in order to salvo his bombs but succeeded in
releasing only six of them. Meanwhile gasoline from a severed gas line sprayed into
the plane. After leaving the Italian Coast he found it necessary to
feather one engine. The plane was rapidly losing altitude and the crew lightened
the ship by throwing over-board all moveable equipment. Due to the gasoline
leak the plane's right engine began to sputter and finally died. Realizing
that he could not make the home base Lieutenant Swanson decided to ditch
his plane about 12 miles off the coast of Corsica. He made an expert landing
in the sea and during the two and one half minutes that the plane remained
afloat all crew members succeeded in escaping into the life rafts. Several
minor injuries were incurred in the landing. After rescue by ASR the crew
was taken to Bastia aboard a PT boat and spent the next 24 hours in a
hospital. The next day they returned to their home base.

#2;

Carter, Eugene F., T/Sgt., Bombardier, Engineer-Gunner, Enlistment Service # :
MISSING IN ACTION on 12 May 1944~Returned on 13 May 1944~On May 12th, 1944 while on a mission over a command post at Pico, Italy, Lieutenants’ Swanson’s plane was hit by flak over the target before dropping his bombs. A direct hit was scored in the right wing and on the right engine. As his hydraulic lines were severed, his wheels dropped and his bomb-bay doors remained open. He left the formation in order to salvo his bombs but succeeded in releasing only six of them. Meanwhile gasoline from a severed gas line sprayed into the plane. After leaving the Italian Coast he found it necessary to feather one engine. The plane was rapidly losing altitude and the crew lightened the ship by throwing over-board all moveable equipment. Due to the gasoline leak the plane’s right engine began to sputter and finally died. Realizing that he could not make the home base Lieutenant Swanson decided to ditch his plane about 12 miles off the coast of Corsica. He made an expert landing in the sea and during the two and one half minutes that the plane remained afloat all crew members succeeded in escaping into the life rafts. Several minor injuries were incurred in the landing. After rescue by ASR the crew was taken to Bastia aboard a PT boat and spent the next 24 hours in a hospital. The next day they returned to their home base.

A/C No. 41-30327 (ditched at sea)
P->Swanson, Erle G. “Swanny”, Jr., 2Lt 12 May 1944
CP->Connor, John C., Jr., 2Lt
N->None
B->Quartuccio, Anthony P., 2Lt
E->Carter, Eugene F., Sgt
R->Denny, Joseph C., Sgt
G->Bishop, William (NMI), Sgt
F->Edwards, Clarence C., S/Sgt

(Barbi Ennis Connolly) 321st Bomb Group Historian, PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 

Any questions ?  Corrections or additions ?

Capt. "SWANNY" Swanson

Italy

A/C No. 41-30327 (ditched at sea)
P->Swanson, Erle G. "Swanny", Jr., 2Lt
CP->Connor, John C., Jr., 2Lt
N->None
B->Quartuccio, Anthony P., 2Lt
E->Carter, Eugene F., Sgt
R->Denny, Joseph C., Sgt
G->Bishop, William (NMI), Sgt
F->Edwards, Clarence C., S/Sgt
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
NAME SWANSON#ERLE#G#JR####### SWANSON#ERLE#G#JR#######
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 39306041 39306041
RESIDENCE: STATE 95 OREGON
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 051 MULTNOMAH
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 9580 PORTLAND OREGON
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 26 26
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 03 03
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42 42
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other
emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise
according to law
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 95 OREGON
YEAR OF BIRTH 17 17
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 7 3 years of college
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 018 Engineers, industrial
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
CARD NUMBER # #
BOX NUMBER 1419 1419
FILM REEL NUMBER 6.185 6.185
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Social Security Death Index
Name: Erle G. Swanson
SSN: 542-09-5235
Born: 28 Jul 1917
Died: 27 Dec 1991
State (Year) SSN issued: Oregon (Before 1951)
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Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
Name: Erle G Swanson
Date of Death: 27 Dec 1991
Place of Death: Vancouver
Age: 74
Estimated birth year: abt 1917
Residence: Vancouver
Gender: Male
SSN: 542-09-5235
Certificate: 032258
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1920 Census/Portland/Multnomah Co./Oregon/Roll 1500/Page: 3A/Enumeration
District: 70
Household Members: Name Age
Erle G Swanson/Head of Household/36
Goldie Swanson/Wife/24
Erle Swanson/Son/2yrs-6mos
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1930 Census/Portland/Multnomah Co./Oregon/Roll 1952/Page: 2A/Enumeration
District: 339
Household Members: Name Age
Earl G Swanson/Head of Household/44
Goldie K Swanson/Wife/34
Earl Swanson/Son/12
Patricia A Swanson/Daughter/6
Levern Krutsinger/Sister-in-Law/19
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Erle G Swanson
Birth: 28 Jul 1917 - Oregon
Death: 27 Dec 1991 - Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States
Parents: Erle George Swanson, Goldie Rosetta Krutsinger
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U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: Erle G Swanson
Birth Date: 28 Jul 1917
Phone Number: 694-2665
Address: 700 NW 44th St, Vancouver, WA, 98660-1612 (1993)
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U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: Erle G Swanson Jr
Birth Date: 28 Jul 1917
Phone Number: 694-2665
Address: 700 NW 44th St, Vancouver, WA, 98660-1612 (1992)
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Ancestry.com~One World Tree
Erle G Swanson
Birth: 28 Jul 1917 - Oregon
Death: 27 Dec 1991 - Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States
Parents: Erle George Swanson, Goldie Rosetta Krutsinger
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U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: Erle G Swanson
Birth Date: 28 Jul 1917
Phone Number: 694-2665
Address: 700 NW 44th St, Vancouver, WA, 98660-1612 (1993)
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U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: Erle G Swanson Jr
Birth Date: 28 Jul 1917
Phone Number: 694-2665
Address: 700 NW 44th St, Vancouver, WA, 98660-1612 (1992)
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Newspaper Title: Columbian, The
Newspaper Location: Vancouver, WA, Us
SWANSON, HELEN A.
May 19, 1925 ~ March 18, 2008- Helen A. Swanson, 82, of Vancouver, WA, died
March 18, 2008 at Sunset Care. Helen was born May 19, 1925 in Oakland,
California to James P. and Margaret F. (Donoghue) Farley. She graduated from
Clairmont High School in Oakland. On February 27, 1949 she married Erle
Swanson, who kept their wedding date after snowshoeing out of Mt. Hood where he had
been marooned for a week. After high school she moved to the Vancouver
area, where she worked at the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. She later worked for
El Paso Natural Gas which became Northwest Pipeline. She retired in 1967
after 15 years. Helen enjoyed being home, raising children, traveling, and
gardening in her patio pots. She is survived by her children, Suzanne Swanson
of Vancouver, Jim Swanson of Seattle, Shelley Verdoorn of Palm Springs, CA,
and Terri and Charlie Johnson of Vancouver; also nine grandchildren; and one
great-granddaughter. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., April
19, 2008 at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th Street, followed by a
reception at Jakes, 4602 A NE St. John's Rd. in Vancouver on April 19, 2008 at
2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in
Helen's name to her care facility, donation envelopes will be available at the
service.
Published in the Columbian on 04/13/2008
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