The Swamp Ghost

"Swamp Ghost" in New Zealand
FlyPast May 2010, page 6

Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2446 Swamp Ghost, which was salvaged from Papua New Guinea in 2006, has arrived in New Zealand on the first leg of its journey to the US. The airframe, which made a a wheelsup landing in a swamp after attacking Japanese shipping on February 23, 1942, is expected to be shipped to Los Angeles in the near future.

Once the B-17 is back on US soil, owner Alfred "Fred" Hagen intends to display it at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Initial plans indicate that 41-2446 will be exhibited in an 'as found' diorama, in a similar vein to HP Halifax II W1048 at the RAF Museum Hendon, with the emphasis on conservation rather than restoration.

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          B-17E 41-2446 art by Jack Fellows via IHRP

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