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During off duty hours members of the 379th Bomb Group participate in a spirited game of football at an 8th Air Force Base in England, 20 April 1944.
All named and Identified are Ground Crewmen/Personnel of "Swamp Fire" 42-32024 524th BS, 379th BG
L-R: Quarterback-Unknown; Sgt Jim Mike Tolleson-Mechanic, T/Sgt Berj Bejian-Engineer/TTG, Unidentified (Back to Camera), Sgt Seymour Romoff-Mechanic/Eng, Rube Cohn-Armorer, Sgt Joseph Simmonette-Mechanic/Asst. Ground Crew Chief, Unidentified- (Thought to be Henry Gerhart Mechanic but unconfirmed as of yet.).

B-17 Flying Fortress to right of bell tent is (serial number 42-38141) nicknamed 'Pansy Yokum', to left of tent is (serial number 42-39828) nicknamed "Penny Ante"



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb 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


  • Berj Bejian

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

  • Seymour Romoff

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Ground crew 'Swamp Fire'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Simonette

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

  • Jim Tolleson

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Ground crew for B-17 'Swamp Fire', 100 missions without an abort. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-38141 Pansy Yokum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-D] Kimbolton 28/2/44; transferred 524BS [WA-D]; ...

  • 42-39828

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-B] Kimbolton 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Theo Kunda, Co-pilot: Bob Burton, Navigator: Marvin Swift, Bombardier: Howard Evans, Flight engineer/top turret...


Date Contributor Update
03 April 2021 13:48:21 cody1947 Changes to caption

Research of records; photo recognition and verification from family

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2019 09:31:53 Emily Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Amended aircraft associations as per information provided by Mervyn Wilson, former assistant Historian of the 379th Bomb Group Association. Mervyn pointed out that B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5828) nicknamed "Sweater Girl" was lost on 22 February 1944, so could therefore not be depicted in an image from April 1944. Airmen depicted in the image however did serve aboard "Sweater Girl", but were not flying it when it was missing in action.

Mervyn also identified that B-17 "Pansy Yokum" shared hardstand #9 with B-17 "Penny Ante"

Added official caption from Fold3

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2019 22:15:30 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2015 03:06:12 Shazbott1540 Created entry with aircraft associations