B-17G 42-98027

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-98027
Name: SWAMP ANGEL
Manufacturer: Built by the Vega Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*Z
Start Date: 11 December 1944. Transferred: received from the 351st BG.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 45 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 9 May 1945. Transferred: Sent to the 305th BG.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 42-98027

B-17G Aircraft 42-98027 Was Assigned To 55 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 45 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
29422 March 1944Target: German Hutted Camps (Barracks) at 51°36'N,7°06'E
Type: Military
Location: Westerholt, Germany
Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship; loaned to the 92nd BG.
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20911 October 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Completed MissionLead PFF ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97592. First Squadron lead.
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21217 October 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. PFF ship.
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21525 October 1944Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionFourth squadron lead. PFF ship. Deputy's Gee-H failed during assembly, so the squadron lead conducted a PFF attack on the secondary target.
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2194 November 1944Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Spare, Unused 
2205 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; group deputy.
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2239 November 1944Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Spare, Unused 
22410 November 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Ostheim, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H aircraft; flew with 381st BG; remaining crew positions filled by non-384th personnel.
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22616 November 1944Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Completed MissionPFF & Gee-H ship; group lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
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22720 November 1944Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF ship; group lead, 41st Bomb Wing D group.
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23127 November 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Offenburg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2354 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Soest, Germany
Spare, Unused 
2366 December 1944Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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24324 December 1944Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Gons, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead. Landed away at RAF Wratting Common, Cambs.
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24630 December 1944Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF and Gee-H ship. Made the decision not to attack the primary target and led the Group to the PFF secondary. When the lead and high squadrons were unable to complete the attack on the first run, led them on a second run that was successful.
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2492 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led formation on two bomb runs.
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2503 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2515 January 1945Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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2527 January 1945Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship; loaned to the 457th BG with a Gee-H navigator; remainder of unidentified crew provided by the 457th BG.
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2538 January 1945Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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25410 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Completed MissionGee-H ship. Loaned to 351st BG with Gee-H navigator; unidentified crewmembers provided by the 351st BG. Attacked assigned 351st BG primary target.
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--13 January 1945Completed MissionLoaned to the 457th Bomb Group for a mission. Crew provided by the 457th except as noted in the Sortie Report.
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26229 January 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Siegen, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 401st BG with Gee-H navigator.
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2631 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2643 February 1945Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF ship.
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--7 February 1945Essen/Bottrop, Germany, RECALLEDSpare, Unused 
26614 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Completed MissionWing lead; PFF and Gee-H ship. Landed on Continent for fuel before returning to base.
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--17 February 1945Mannheim, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseCapt. Cline HSqLd
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26819 February 1945Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed MissionPFF and Gee-H ship loaned to the 305th BG with Gee-H Navigator.
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26920 February 1945Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27021 February 1945Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27122 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ülzen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy; PFF ship.
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27324 February 1945Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead; PFF ship.
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27728 February 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hagen, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy; PFF and Gee-H ship; lead squadron hot camera ship.
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2781 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship; PFF and Gee-H ship. May have taken over lead on return due to flak damage to the lead ship.
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2814 March 1945Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ulm, Germany
Completed MissionGroup deputy and hot camera ship; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2827 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bochum, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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2838 March 1945Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified.
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28510 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Schwerte, Germany
Completed MissionPFF and Gee-H ship. Loaned to the 457th BG for today's mission. Manned by 457th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
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28712 March 1945Target: Railway Center
Type: Transportation
Location: Betzdorf, Germany
Spare, Unused 
28814 March 1945Target: Railroad Bridge, Weser River
Type: Transportation
Location: Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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29118 March 1945Target: Schlesischer Railway Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron deputy and hot camera ship. PFF ship. 1Lt R G Johnston, 41st CBW, was aboard as an observer.
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29320 March 1945Target: Deutsche Werft Submarine Shipyard
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Completed MissionGroup lead. PFF ship.
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29624 March 1945Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Completed MissionLoaned to the 306th BG for today's mission. Manned by 306th BG personnel, except as noted on the Sortie Report.
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30030 March 1945Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
ScrubbedReplaced by ground spare aircraft 42‑102430.
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30131 March 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Returned to BaseWeather aircraft; remainder of crew (CP, N, RO, Eng) not identified
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3056 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead. PFF ship.
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30810 April 1945Target: Ordnance Depot Workshop Area
Type: Military
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Completed MissionLead ground spare aircraft, replaced 44‑8649. Group lead. PFF ship.
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30911 April 1945Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Freiham, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF ship.
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31115 April 1945Target: Flak guns at Pointe de Suzac
Type: Military
Location: Royan, France
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF ship.
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31317 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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31419 April 1945Target: Railroad Station & Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Elsterwerda, Germany
Completed MissionLead squadron deputy and hot camera ship.
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31520 April 1945Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Seddin, Germany
Completed MissionLow squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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--23 April 1945Training
(Non-Combat)
Returned to BaseCapt. McCartney HSqLd
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31625 April 1945Target: Skoda Armament Works
Type: Industry
Location: Pilsen / Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Completed MissionHigh squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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