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Donald M Swenson


While serving as Pilot of B-17F 41-24362 he ditched the aircraft in the English Channel one mile off of Margate 9 October 1942 on return from Lille, France. Returned to base. First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 419th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24362

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA677] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 6-Aug-42; Podington 6-Aug-42; ditched Channel just off Margate, on return from Lille 9-Oct-42 aircraft flew 3 missions. Crew rescued, the first such 8AF sea rescue. No MACR issued. 10 RTD. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...


Event Location Date
Ditched Margate, Kent, UK 2 October 1942

Aircraft ditched into English Channel off of Margate.


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 19:58:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Added Ditching event.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 16:21:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014 Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37