Wednesday, July 5, 2017

B-17 Swamp Ghost......



  Over the weekend I happened upon this cool story about the "Swamp Ghost" B-17:


The Agaimbo swamp is located in one of the most remote regions of Papua New Guinea. It is infested by malaria–carrying mosquitoes and huge crocodiles. The vegetation is dense and the intense heat is overpowering.

In fact, it is the last place in the world you would expect to find a Second World War bomber plane. That, however, is exactly what was discovered there in 1972 by members of the Australian Air Force.

The bomber was a B-17E Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force. It was originally piloted by Captain Fred Eaton and took part in one of the first air attacks by the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War.

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2 comments:

  1. Hey Irish;

    It was neat seeing the "Meatball" inside the National Markings(The Star on the fuselage) that was removed shortly after the crash for fear of confusing pilots in the heat of battle. The Imperial Japanese markings was the "Meatball". As soon as I saw the meatball, I knew that the bomber crashed before the battle of Coral Sea in May 1942

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  2. "In fact, it is the last place in the world you would expect to find a Second World War bomber plane"

    For those who know their WWII, it's no surprise at all. More divisions, and more American divisions, fought in New Guinea than in all of the highly publicized campaigns of the Marines in the Central Pacific

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