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David Eugene Swift Jr


Assigned to ?BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot B-17's. ETD. 2nd Tour as fighter pilot with 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Film director, serving his time with Walt Disney, animating such classic animated Disney films as 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', 'Pinocchio', 'Fantasia' and 'Peter Pan'. Later directed such movies as 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', 'Pollyanna' and 'The Parent Trap'.


Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 383rd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14315

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, MN 27 July 1919

Son of David Eugene Swift Snr.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 24 October 1942
Based Nuthampstead 1944

Assigned to ?BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

ETD 1944
Based Honington 1945

Re-assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Los Angeles, CA 31 December 2001
Lived in Los Angeles, CA
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles

Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2019 11:15:56 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2016 12:33:36 emma simpson Changes to role

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:01 AAM AAM ingest

398th History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia