When 41-2446 was to drop its payload, the bomb bay malfunctioned. Finally, poor visibility separated the five remaining in flight. River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project would help restore and maintain one of the Maurepas Swamp – one nation’s largest forested wetlands. November 2019 Work Party Posted on November 29, 2019 By tlbanaszynski Comments Off on November 2019 Work Party Today, as a community, we began the work of letting Wallace Swamp Creek Park breathe with more spaciousness and ease. I would like to say that was all the problems they ran into, but there’s more. They didn’t want to take a chance on running into enemy fighters, if they could help it. The aircraft was rediscovered in 1972 in Agaiambo swamp, where it earned the nickname Swamp Ghost. Stored for a time in California, the B-17E "Swamp Ghost" returned to Hawaii in 2014. Your email address will not be published. After a night of rest, they traveled downriver in canoes, where they were handed over to an Australian magistrate, and eventually arrived at Port Moresby on April 1…thirty six days after their crash. Posted on December 15, 2019 By tlbanaszynski Comments Off on December 2019 Work Party I’m going to share a secret with you all. As of January 2019[update], the aircraft is on display in Hangar 79, undergoing restoration. In response to the invasion, 41-2446 was ordered to Garbutt Field, Townsville, in Queensland, Australia. Powered by WordPress and WordPress Theme created with Artisteer. Required fields are marked *. As he lined up to unleash his payload, the bomb bay doors malfunctioned. Restoration was considered, but the condition of the airframe — and the destruction of major structural elements during removal from the swamp — mitigated against it. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. The PNG government's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) began an inquiry into the sale of the bomber. After arriving at Long Beach, the aircraft was on indefinite loan to the Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport. “Swamp Ghost” at the Pacific Aviation Museum – Ford Island, Pearl Harbour in Hawaii in 2013 The Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone turbo supercharged radial engines of the B-17. More movement on the Ghost. Alfred Hagen, a pilot and commercial builder from Pennsylvania, set his sights on Swamp Ghost and wanted to take it free it from the disintegration of the swamp. Despite the stripping, the aircraft structure itself remained remarkably intact, until it was removed from the swamp. After a week in the hospital, the men returned to combat, but their plane did not. [6], List of surviving Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses, "Legendary Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress a.k.a. Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, only to discover the dark, terrifying mysteries of the swamp. After spotting the wreckage from a helicopter, they landed on the aircraft’s wing and found the plane semi-submerged, and strangely intact. Swamp Ghost was not with the squadron on that fateful day. This restoration project would dredge the Intracoastal Waterway to increase the flow of Atchafalaya River water east in the Terrebonne Basin. Pacific Aviation Museum, Oahu 2019. This particular B-17 Flying Fortress (41-2446) was delivered to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on December 6, 1941-just one day before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The controversy over its removal halted the cargo before it could be shipped to the United States. Out of the nine aircraft, four had to completely abort the mission due to mechanical problems. Eight flowers and at least one bud show in this July 8, 2019 photo by volunteer RJ Wiley. After arriving at Long Beach, the aircraft was on indefinite loan to the Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport. Short (2:26) trailer of full film “The Swamp Ghost” . The Swamp Ghost is a Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress piloted by Captain Frederick 'Fred' C. Eaton, Jr, that ditched in a swamp on Papua New Guinea during the Second World War, after a raid on ships at Japanese-occupied New Britain on February 23, 1942. After 41-2446’s crash, Captain Fred Eaton flew 60 more missions. [4], In 2010, the aircraft was shipped to the United States, and on June 11, 2010, was shown to a public gathering in Long Beach, California, that included family members of the original crew. Swamp Ghost history lesson with Historian Peter Dunn of Australia @ War. For a short time, the crew was based at Wheeler Field in Wahiawa and flew patrol missions for the Navy until February 1942.In February 1942, Japanese Troops invaded Rabaul on New Britain and established a base. David Tallichet, an antique plane collector, who had been a World War II … After Eaton returned home, 41-2446 slipped from the public eye for nearly three decades. Whilst flying over Rabaul, it was intercepted and it had to force-land. Whenever these missions would take him over the crash site, he would circle it and tell his new crewmembers the story of what happened. The Swamp Ghost managed to take down three enemy fighters out of a dozen. All Forums >> [New Releases from Matrix Games] >> War in the Pacific: Admiral's Edition >> B-17E "Swamp Ghost" Restoration (OT) Page: [1] Login . They nicknamed the plane, Swamp Ghost, and the name stuck. . Commentary by Museum Curator Burl Burlingame from the tail section of our Boeing B-17E Flying fortress, a.k.a "Swamp Ghost." The locals took them, horribly bitten by mosquitos and infected with malaria, to their village. Whilst flying over Rabaul, it was intercepted and it had to force-land. I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring. After the removal of B-17E 41-2446 "Swamp Ghost' in early May 2006, the salvage was halted. The Japanese were working hard to make this mission fail too. [1], The aircraft was rediscovered in 1972 in Agaiambo swamp, where it earned the nickname Swamp Ghost. For four weeks they labored over the aircraft, dismantling it in order to ship it out of the country. Now, they still had to get out of the swamp. This probe explored the legality and validity of the salvage. While flying over Rabaul, it was intercepted and eventually, having run out of fuel, had to force-land in a remote swamp near the north coast of New Guinea. [5] The Swamp Ghost was received by the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor on April 10, 2013. ... For example, a September 2019 … It took two days of hacking their way through the razor-sharp kunai grass for the men to reach dry land. The machine guns were in place, and even the coffee thermoses were intact. Swamp Ghost’s crew included Pilot Captain Frederick C. “Fred” Eaton, Co-Pilot Captain Henry M. “Hotfoot” Harlow, Navigator 1st Lieutenant George B. Munroe Jr, Bombardier Sergeant J.J. Trelia, Flight Engineer Technical Sergeant Clarence A. LeMieux, Radio Operator/Gunner Sergeant Howard A. Sorensen, Waist Gunner Sergeant William E. Schwartz, Waist Gunner Technical Sergeant Russell Crawford, and Tail Gunner Staff Sergeant John V. Hall. The wreckage of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress undergoing restoration inside Hangar 79. The propellors were bent in 1942 when “Swamp Ghost” had to crash land It was quite a logistics challenge getting a large bomber out of that swamp! Currently (May 2013) un-restored at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Fortunately for the crew, the wing didn’t detonate. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s unique wetland ecosystem makes the growth of this rare orchid possible. There’s a $5 extra charge on top of the museum’s $25 admission . Created by Gary Dauberman, Mark Verheiden. If anybody hasn't been following this, the "Swamp Ghost", salvaged from a New Guinnea swamp was unveiled today in Long Beach. Once the fad of recovering World War II aircraft really took off. Restoration programs and careful planning can help, however. In 1989, the Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center planned to recover it. Trekkers hiked into the site and began stripping the aircraft for keepsakes and sellable items. Instead, it flew in shortly after the attack. This is the famous "Swamp Ghost", salvaged from a swamp in one of the many islands in the south pacific long after the war ended. It was brought to Hawaii in April 2013 and restored for exhibition on Ford Island's Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. On February 22, 1942, nine B-17Es of the 19th Bombing Group were scheduled to take off for Rabaul. The Swamp Ghost started out as B-17 Flying Fortress, 41-2446 (which is not a tail number, and indicated that the plane was a new purchase) and under that number it was delivered to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). The aircraft was rediscovered in 1972 in Agaiambo swamp, where it earned the nickname Swamp Ghost. Swamp Ghost was not with the squadron on that fateful day. First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away. In 2010, the aircraft was shipped to the United States, and on June 11, 2010, was shown to a public gathering in Long Beach, California, that included family members of the original crew. Oct 09, 2019 Project would help sustain world-renowned swamp, provide protection for Baton Rouge and other communities NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) announced restoration priorities to consider across the Gulf, which included investing in a critical diversion project in Louisiana’s Maurepas Swamp. Your email address will not be published. . With Crystal Reed, Virginia Madsen, Andy Bean, Derek Mears. The crew had to go around for a second pass, where they managed a clear drop over their target. I suppose it was therapeutic to re-live the amazing escape from the Agaiambo swamp. The Swamp Ghost began its very short career on December 6, 1941, one day before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. [1] As of August 2013, the museum planned to restore the aircraft for static display in Hangar 79 on Ford Island. To save themselves and set the spirit free, they must uncover the dire truth. David Tallichet, an antique plane collector, who had been a World War II air pilot himself, began the huge task. There aren't many left (about 46). In 2019, research conducted at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary made international headlines when visiting researchers’ camera traps captured the pollination of a ghost orchid and up-ended long-standing hypotheses about the identity of this rare orchid’s pollinators. [3] By February 2010, the wreck had been cleared for import to the United States. Japanese fire was intense and a flak round managed to punch a hole through the starboard wing of 41-2556. : You are free: to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work; to remix – to adapt the work – to adapt the work Instead, it flew in shortly after the attack. Dunn is an expert on the B-17 "Kangaroo Squadron." Captain Fred Eaton thought he was setting down the bomber in a wheat field, however, they actually landed wheels-up in the middle of Agaiambo swamp. While the crew hoped to make it to Fort Moresby, they were low on fuel. www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/supportus/b-17-swamp-ghost/ Plans were made to bring Swamp Ghost to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson for restoration to static display. Of course, this was a threat to the rest of New Guinea and Australia. All of the crew survived the crash landing and arduous trek out. Message << Older Topic Newer Topic >> B-17E "Swamp Ghost" Restoration (OT) - 6/2/2014 1:58:51 AM Paladin1dcs. This was where the plane’s legend was born. Eleven days later, the bomber departed California for Hickam Field in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He seemed like a natural fit for the Swamp Ghost nose art.”The history of Swamp Ghost, the airplane, is a unique one; no lives were lost in the crash. The Swamp Ghost is a Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress piloted by Captain Frederick 'Fred' C. Eaton, Jr, that crashed in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War in 1942, during America's first mission there. They would have to land in New Guinea. "Swamp Ghost" has the distinction of being the last intact and un-retired World War II-era B-17E bomber, complete with 121 bullet holes. A dogfight ensued after the Swamp Ghost made its second pass on its target, which luckily was successful as they were able to finally get the bomb bay open, giving the enemy less time to counter-attack. Sanctuary staff and partners published a groundbreaking scientific paper detailing ghost orchid pollination in 2019 and highlighted the increased risk for ghost orchids at the Sanctuary as a result of water loss from regional land-use changes. The plane, a B17 “Flying Fortress” ran critically low on fuel during a mission and had to be ditched in a jungle swamp in the Papua New Guinea area in 1942. 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