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"A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses beside a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "Swamp Fire" at an 8th Air Force Base in England, 1 November 1944."

Rear L-R: Unkn, Unkn, 2Lt James E Whitney, 1Lt Carl A Shedlock, 1Lt Bruce Eugene Mills, T/Sgt Joseph T Cooper.

Middle L-R: S/Sgt James S Boston, T/Sgt Delmer E Menger, S/Sgt Lucas S Conner, Unkn, S/Sgt William A Beddard, M/Sgt Dominick De Salvo.

Front L-R: Unkn, Unkn, Unkn.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • William Beddard

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

  • James Boston

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

  • Lucas Conner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    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
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EMAE.

  • Dominick DeSalvo

    Military | Major | Ground Crew Chief
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief for B-17 'Swamp Fire', 100 missions without an abort. Completed 3 tours of duty in ETO and then a tour in Germany. ...

  • Delmar Menger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Mills

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DSM (OLC) LOM, DFC, AM (5OLC) / Good Conduct, UN and Korean Medal. Post war: Re-enlisted into USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • Carl Shedlock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Whitney

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier; Navigator
    Flew on 'Swamp Fire' the first B-17 to complete 100 missions without an abort. . The target was never reached as gremlins attacked number 2 engine over the North Sea not too long after departing the English Coast and it had to be feathered. The crew...

Aircraft

  • 42-32024 Swamp Fire

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Swamp Fire was the first Heavy Bomber to reach 100 Missions - "Without an Abort" for the 379th BG. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2019 20:26:46 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2019 20:24:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

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