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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.



  • 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

    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

    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...


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