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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

An airman of the 379th Bomb Group paints the 100th mission marking onto a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-32024) nicknamed "Swamp Fire". Official caption printed on image: '(GPR-214-6-379)(1-11-44).' Image via Merle Olmsted



  • 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...


  • 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.


  • 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. ...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:48 AAM AAM ingest

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