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The Scorpion is the renamed Swamp Fire which is detectable by comparison of late career photographs. The mission symbols and battle damage repairs, plus the photo-documented removal of Swamp Fire's Bendix chin turret support the transformation.



  • 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. She was chosen to participate in the 28 May 1944 top secret "Grapefruit" mission to drop Americans first Glide bomb 20+ miles from the primary target of...


Date Contributor Update
28 July 2020 17:22:37 cody1947 Changes to caption

Photos and data plate of Swamp Fire confirmed the two were one in same. From the collection of the Pilot who flew her home from Alconbury.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 20:34:18 phil marchese Created entry with caption and aircraft associations

379th BG research