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"A crew of the 379th Bomb Group poses in front of a Boeing B-17 "Swamp Fire" at an 8th Air Force Base in England on 1 May 1944."

Rear L-R: T/Sgt Edward I Przybyla, 2Lt Harvey "Herk" Harris, S/Sgt Roy Avery, 1Lt Joseph Korstjens, S/Sgt Andrew Stroman, T/Sgt Berj Bejian, S/Sgt John K Rose, 1Lt Matthew Scanameo, T/Sgt Elijah W "Lou" Lewis, 2Lt Byron B "BB" Clark.

Front L-R: Rube Cohn with mascot Scragg, Seymore Romoff, James Abbott, Henry Gerhart, M/Sgt Dominick L DeSalvo.

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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 Fighter Squadron

    524th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was re-manned and re-equipped at Hunter Field with the Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber. After additional training in Mississippi and Louisiana, the group moved to Ste-Barbe-du-Tlelat Airfield, Algeria, arriving on 26 December[1] to enter...

People

  • James Abbott

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

  • Roy Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner

  • Berj Bejian

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

  • Byron Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, 2 Unit Citations.

  • 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. ...

  • Henry Gerhart

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

  • Harvey Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Joseph Korstjens

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Elijah Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Flew on AC # 42-32024 'Swamp Fire' On 28 May 1944 flew 'Grapefruit Mission''Today was the day that the 379th was chosen as one of the three groups to try a new secret weapon. The much talked about glider bombs. They were released on the city of Cologne...

  • Edward Przybyla

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
    Flew 32 missions on B-17 number 42-32024 'Swamp Fire' which became the first B-17 in 379th BG to fly 100 missions. Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal

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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. 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2019 19:39:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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