Calvin Andrew Swaffer

Military

Object Number - UPL 22159 - US official photo of Lieutenant Calvin Swaffer and crew on the morning after their rescue from the England Channel, 15 July 1943. Left to...

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions, 22 as co-pilot to Carl Morales. Shot down 14-Jul-43 in B-17 42-29971 'Memphis Blues'. Ditched A/C in North Sea. Rescued by ASR and returned to base. RTD. ETD

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Sky Wolf
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Little Jimmie, Memphis Blues
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron 358th Bomb Squadron 423rd Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Shelby County, TN 1920-12-16 Son of John M and Alice Swaffer.

Died

Duluth, GA 1998-05-17

Buried

Peachtree Memorial Park Norcross, Gwinnett County, GA 1998-05-21 Peachtree Memorial Park Norcross, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Based

Molesworth Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted

1942-05-09

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