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John S Swarts

Military

Member of Fishs' crew. The day the crew went down, Swarts was out with a burned eyelid and Lt. Fish had been transferred to another plane. Only 2 members of the original crew to survive

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters; DFC; Good Conduct Medal;Meritorius Unit Emblem;American Campaign Medal;EAME Campaign Medal w 4 bronze stars;;Army of Occupation Medal;

Service

People

  • Warren Bragdon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Fuerth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence McGuire

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Morton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Guido Signoretti

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gr Island 6/1/44; Assigned 598BS/351BG [YB-D] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action 37m Merseburg 29/7/44 with John Morton, Co-pilot: Warren Bragdon, Navigator: Bill Fuerth, Bombardier: McCaleb Taylor, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • 503

    29 July 1944

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wright City, Missouri 11 February 1925

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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