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  • 42-3048 "Big Bust" Assigned to the 524th BS Fuselage Code/ Call Sign WA-I This Aircraft arrived overseas ready for duty on 19 March 1943 first assigned to the 305th Bomb Group. She was transferred to the 381st that August but stayed there only one month and was transferred again to the 379th BG Where she found a home and success as a fine Aircraft. Heavily battle damaged ...more

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  • At the time of this photo the crew consisted of: Gordon C Montgomery 1st Lt - Bom Irving Brown T/Sg - RO/Gunner John W Collins 1st Lt - Nav Charles D Rafferty 1st Lt - Pilot Charles C Latham, Jr. 2nd Lt - CP Wylie G Baker T/Sgt - Eng/TTG Harry Shave S/Sgt - WG Wayne M Roberts S/Sgt - WG William J Christiansen 2nd Lt Nav-PFF ...more

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  • At the time of this photo the crew consisted of: Richard L Billings 2nd Lt Bom Lloyd H Galloway S/Sgt BTG Ira L Rhodes 2nd Lt Pilot Shirley M Allen 2nd Lt Co-Pilot Joseph F Piers 2nd Lt Nav Sandor Lukach S/Sgt Eng/TTG Emil Ruiz S/Sgt RO/Gunner James M Samreny Sgt WG Douglas F Mccardy Sgt TG

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  • At the time this Photo was taken the crew consisted of: James A Orr Lt Bom Weir J Spangle Jr. Lt Nav Fred C Roberts Lt Pilot Bernard J J Decker S/Sgt RO/Gunner James G Williamson S/Sgt BTG Zigmond (NMI) Kleparek S/Sgt WG Orville H Freitag Sgt TG Robert E Pitcock F/O Co-Pilot Louis J Casciani S/Sgt Eng/TTG

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  • Web Link added to Swamp Fire Organization Page

    Web link: James E. Rung, B-17 Navigator | B-17 Navigator Experiences During World War II

    21 Jul 2013

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  • Annotation added: The Rubble Rouser

    Found in: WWII US Air Force Photos » Page 3

    Added: 07 Jul 2013

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  • Annotation added: Top row (standing) Armstrong, Donald B, T/ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner...

    Found in: WWII US Air Force Photos » Page 1

    Added: 25 Feb 2013

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  • This is the McClain Crew: James A Rainwater 2nd Lt Co-Pilot Harold E McClain Jr. 1st Lt Pilot Edward R Chapman 2nd Lt Bom Alfred E Smith S/ Sgt Togglier Alphonse A Annunziato S/Sgt Radio Oper/Gunner Dean N Buck S/Sgt Engineer/TT Gunner Raymond J Posielenzny Sgt Ball Turret Gunner Raymond A Halley Sgt Waist Gunner Marvin P Hasselfield Sgt Tail Gunner

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  • Organization Page updated: 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…

    21 Jul 2013

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  • Left to right. back row: Staff Sergeants John Eckenrode, OH, Radio Operator and Gunner; George Lalich, NY, Tail Gunner; Wm. M. Hardin, AL, Waist Gunner; Larry L. Buckman, TX, Waist Gunner; Wm. D. Combs, OH, Ball Turret Gunner; Roy Stanley, TX, Engineer and Top Turret Gunner. Front row: 2nd Lieutenants George A. McClellan, NJ, Bombardier; John E. Price, TX, Navigator; Ralph J. Riggio, WI, ...more

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  • Annotation added: British filmstar Anna Neagel

    Found in: WWII US Air Force Photos » Page 1

    Added: 26 Dec 2011

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  • Sorry to disagree with anyone but as noted in the Annotation, I think you have this aircraft confused with another aircraft with nose art of a similar name. 44-6111 was assigned to the 457th BG, 749th BS, *Hell's Belle* was damaged by flak on mission to Munich and diverted to Switzerland Jul 12, 1944. MACR 6925 Returned Sep 24, 1945. 44-6111 was never painted OD green as this one surely is. also ...more

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  • Annotation added: 42-31043 "Hells Belle" Later changed to "Elsie Mae"...

    Found in: WWII US Air Force Photos » Page 1

    Added: 26 Dec 2011

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  • Close to 400 Airmen flew on the Swamp Fire. If you had a relative assigned to the 379th Bomb Group contact us and see if he or any of his crew ever flew on the Swamp fire. E-mail: swampfire1944@gmail.com or Visit http://sites.google.com/site/swampfiresite/home

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  • 40 different crews flew "Swamp Fire". Close to 400 Airmen knew this ship and helped create her legacy. One of the fill-in crews was Lt. Donald Day's Crew. On 06 June 1944- Lt. Donald Day & his crew flew "Swamp Fire" for the morning run to Arromanches / Caen , France. Yes that's right, Lt. D. Day flew "Swamp Fire" on D-Day. For this story & more go ...more

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