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B-17 Flying Fortress

Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG.

Delivered Cheyenne 15/1/44; Gr Island 30/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-L] Kimbolton 20/2/44; first in group to 100m, dec W/W 11/12/44; transferred Alconbury 1/6/45;

Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 14/7/45; 4136 BU Tinker 16/12/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29/12/45. SWAMP FIRE.

Service

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground crew | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Ground crew for 'Swamp Fire' 100 missions no aborts. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lawrence Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Erwin Halvorson crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Beddard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. Awards:WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Boston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EMEA.

  • Byron Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, 2 Unit Citations.

  • Lucas Conner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Cooper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EMAE.

  • Walter Crickmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Cunningham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Graham Dawes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Erwin Halvorson crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 10:45:02 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Brought in information from a duplicate record. Source:
User 'cody1947', Richard Lewis: From unit records and personal remembrances of her Ground Crew Chief Dominick DeSalvo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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