The Swamp Ghost

50 Caliber Shell Casings
When the crew abandoned the plane, they left aboard unfired 50 caliber ammnition, and their bomber littered with spent shell cases. In the early 1970's belted live ammunition was present on the left wing, either removed from the wreck, or placed there.  All of this live ammunition is gone as of today.  Photo by  Jack Mierzejewski, December 1976.

Carles Darby remembers:
"There was a big pile of shells on the right wing, as if someone had removed some guns complete with their ammo belts, then removed the ammo on the flat open space provided by the wing. Or maybe just up-ended some ammo cans. The shells were manufactured in 1935 and 1936, plus a few later ones.

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

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