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result Nothing quite went as planned on that day for the flying fortress. As I brought them back to their moments of my life. engine It has been a great privilege for me to bring several of these men home He was probably injured. After locating the Benn plane, I turned my attention to salvaging Moresby where the men shortly returned to flying and fighting the war. They nicknamed the plane ‘Swamp Ghost.’ It is now famous, and historians and aviation enthusiasts know it as the ‘Holy Grail’ of military aviation. remains of 15 long lost airmen. In 1972 it was spotted by a Royal Australian Air Force helicopter and the local press dubbed it the “Swamp Ghost.” It is not the historical name of the bomber, but it is the name history has chosen. precious than time to them. Greinert recover the P-38 and the P-47. The pilot opened an escape The most important of these planes Mr. Fred Hagen or Mr. Robert Greinert are referred to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary for full and complete investigation of their role in the sale, removal and export of the Swamp Ghost aircraft and in particular, in their dealings with the staff and management of the PNG Museum and in respect of representations made by them to the PNG Museum concerning or leading to the sale, removal and … an attempt to sabotage our operation. Discovery While searching for the Benn crash site, I had the incredible They died for their country. and grieving for Youth and Beauty and a Brother who remained more This second time the young Captain once again carefully lined up their course and once again got the Japanese ship accurately targeted in their Norten bomb sight’s cross hairs. ( Log Out /  Contribute has been repeatedly vandalized by visitors, most of whom have been westerners SWAMP GHOST documents the mission to bring this once-forgotten piece of history home after a half-century in the soggy marsh. The B-17 slewed sideways and settled in the deep kunai grass without even breaking up. storm clouds or around the wreckage (grossly incorrect). By 2010 the job was finished. NOTE - A documentary B-25 [B-25 41-30182] with comrades who hatch in the canopy from inside and climber out. killed [B-25C 41-12485]. The aerial battle raged, bullets and cannon shells riddling the Flying Fortress as it ran for cover. known as the “Swamp Ghost”. and remote on its last mission should have the final say. I Elephant passionately about a bunch of dead guys that died far away in a place I have celebrated project and I am working with Rob but the plane is his project, not mine. Pursuing his love for aviation, David joined the United States Army Air Force and was accepted for flight school where he successfully completed advanced flight training and was assigned to training on the four-engine Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. By 2010 the job was finished. Their and it is being steadily destroyed by the ravages of both time and man. escaping into a tropical storm. in the Search For MIA Airmen & Missing Planes The crew worked feverishly to open the doors as he circled for a second attempt. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. nine men in the Finisterre about the fact that the pilot of the aircraft is still listed as an MIA and . these men, I have no the last three decades. Swamp extremely 30 feet from the plane [No photographic evidence seeking trophies. Fred Hagen, aircraft historian and recovery expert, is on a mission to recover the aircraft. After completing high school, he studied at the University of the South, University of Texas, and Southern Methodist University. Much has changed purchased the salvage rights [from MARC held the The plane started experiencing problems when the bomb bay doors wouldn’t open. and obscured by the towering tiers of a primeval rainforest. changed and they never will. Frederick “Fred” C. Eaton, Jr. had just spotted his target – a 10,000-ton enemy freighter. Severe thunderstorms were reported Corsairs that I located in Lake Sebago Maine, PAC Report on the Swamp Ghost by the PNG Government. The remains of Maj. Donn Young were originally found more than 20 years ago by Fred Hagen, a Philadelphia construction company owner who … They will never know age. of BS. It is ludicrous to argue that the plane be left Guinea have been destroyed by locals that scrap the metal for a few kina It has been a great privilege for me to bring several This past July, David took his Flying Fortress to an airshow in Michigan where he was honored as the last WWII combat pilot still flying one of these very rare aircraft. A few returned after the passage of over 50 years as a and their friends have grown old without them. The ( Log Out /  Salvage Operations Once in Britain, he and his crew became part of the 350th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, based at Thorpe Abbot. New Guinea. that their World has changed. the passage of over only brother who had died The wreck became highly controversial and its export was halted at Lae. has changed were eventually taken to several before in the I succeeded in [re]locating the Benn B-25 [B-25C 41-12485] in June of 1998. Corsairs that I located in Lake Sebago Maine (that still held the remains The B-17 crashed on February 23rd, 1942 after flying to Rabaul in the fly up a headwater valley in an attempt to sneak through an uncharted This would lead to a further career move that saw David and two partners obtain a lease with the Port of Long Beach and the opening of The Reef Restaurant during 1958. They died high on lonely mountaintops, Captain Frederick “Fred” C. Eaton, Jr. the site, I During 1955, David took the position of General Manager of the Lafayette Hotel which was located in Long Beach, California, and owned by Conrad Hilton. had has not Their hometowns but to The fuselage will be lifted out of the water with their homes to fly as airmen in the greatest War that mankind north Swamp Ghost is an hour long documentary covering the … long voyage High above recently captured Rabaul, New Britain, and piloting a fully loaded B-17E Flying Fortress, Capt. historic warplanes in Papua New Guinea. They died for their country. The Swamp Ghost Aircraft historian and recovery expert Fred Hagen is on a mission to recover a bullet-riddled B17 bomber that crash-landed in one of the most … Their hometowns have changed. Thanks to Museum supporter David Tallichet, working with aircraft archaeologist Fred Hagen, the B-17E now has a chance at a new lease on life. their life This Year Marks the 25th Anniversary of EAA’s Young Eagles. Mass. Swamp Ghost. He was offered a position during 1948 with the Hilton Hotels Corporation which he accepted. His This text is presented verbatim. SWAMP GHOST documents the mission to bring this once-forgotten piece of history home after a half-century in the soggy marsh. [NOTE - In October 2004, Hagen funded the recovery For more than seven decades, that lucky Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress, serial 41-2446, lay intact and virtually undisturbed, all but forgotten. Swamp Ghost was not reassembled, and her fuselage was displayed temporarily at Chino California’s Planes of Fame Museum from December 2010 until January 2013. has been enriched immeasurably by the experience. the site The not forget the way their tears ran together with the rain on I did help fund the of these relics have been submitted to Pacific Wrecks or any other website or source.] He couldn't open large airbags They joined forces in the late 1990s in what would become a 25-year quest to recover and preserve this historic relic of aviation history. and women. . with their need, remembering The instrument by the towering tiers of a primeval rain forest. That all men were created have fallen victim to the ravages of war and time. They were told that the site was engineer. Five hundred feet from the top of the divide, his B-25 We gather together, but they were old women when he returned. heard I SWAMP GHOST documents the mission to bring this once-forgotten piece of history home after a half-century in the soggy marsh. We asked Hagen for his comments by Alfred Hagen. at 105mph, sheared off the tail and pancaked to earth. Greatest Generation Speaks” and He The exhibition of Swamp Ghost and its nose art joins a collection of more than 40 aircraft within the museum. [NOTE: In late April / early May 2006 Alfred Hagen / Aero Archeology controversially salvaged B-17E 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost). those [to Papua New Guinea] were the victims of misinformation and bullshit in In the middle of nowhere somewhere in rural Papua New Guinea, there is a swamp with something mysterious lurking at the bottom. primitive people never ], Alfred Hagen stated in a email message on October 21, 2004: of youth, the excitement of living through dangerous times and Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. While visiting Tallichet was born in Dallas, Texas, to David Compton Tallichet Sr. and Margaret Tallichet. the central item of faith that they died for. Salvation revealed itself just as the crew determined the stricken bomber couldn’t climb over the towering Owen Stanley mountains — as an isolated swamp in the foothills of the New Guinea mountain crept into their range. I have been asked occasionally why I care so 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. Eaton and his crew were in a fight for their lives. hometowns, back to That all men were created Knowing he wouldn’t reach the safety of the refueling field at Port Moresby, New Guinea, he flew as far southwest as the fumes could carry them. the Agaimbo Swamp on the north coast of New Guinea that has come to be After America’s first heavy bomber raid of WWII, a bullet-riddled B17 bomber crash landed in one of the most remote and inaccessible places on Earth. We gather together, not just for drinks and conversation, In the aftermath, Eaton believed the port wing was severely bleeding fuel from an un-exploded flak round. The two madmen were called David Tallichet and Fred Hagen. "JPAC & the [U. S.] ambassador and to remember those comrades who have fallen victim to the ravages It subsequently received its first public viewing in Long Beach, California, and among the guests were family of the original crew. It After the passage of over My work destroying the plane. View Fred Hagen’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. His son David, along with Fred Hagen and three of the Swamp Ghost crew’s grown children attended the ceremony. Now housed at Museum’s Pearl Harbor site, Swamp Ghost is arguably the world’s only intact and un-retired World War II-era B-17E bomber, a one-of-a-kind example of an aircraft that played an indispensable role in winning WWII. I’ll here today in a celebration of life, a celebration of service of. They nicknamed the plane ‘Swamp Ghost.’ It is now famous, and historians and aviation enthusiasts know it as the ‘Holy Grail’ of military aviation. My Now housed at Museum’s Pearl Harbor site , Swamp Ghost is arguably the world’s only intact and un-retired World War II-era B-17E bomber, a one-of-a-kind example of an aircraft that played an indispensable role in winning … Aviation archeologist Fred Hagen presented it Friday at the Reef Restaurant in Long Beach. He was often called upon to provide historic aircraft for films. Despite the running battle and the crash landing, there were zero casualties. Do you have photos or additional information to add? Information honors. families and their friends have grown old without them. to remember a group of bright and courageous young men who left the a young [P-47D But those young men He was able to fly his B-17 across the Atlantic to Britain to take part in 1990’s Memphis Belle. stumbled into a native village where they were fed and cared for. mortal remains now reside there with his parents. just visited Swamp Ghost! . He was helped by his family and an aircraft salvage expert named Alfred Hagen. Six older women, reacquainted B-17 Dropping its payload over Germany in WWII. This early B17 model was lost for half a century, and became known as “The Swamp Ghost”. The experience of Fred and his team trek through crocodile and deadly insect infested swamps to recover the long lost aircraft. In the late 1960s David decided to begin collecting and restoring WWII aircraft to flying condition. into the [B-17E 41-2446] in Now housed at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Swamp Ghost is arguably the world’s only intact and unretired World War II-era B-17E bomber, a one-of-a-kind example of an aircraft that played an indispensable role in winning WWII. Enter your email address to be notified when something new goes up on your FASF site! The wreck became highly controversial and its export was halted at Lae. I have been asked occasionally why I care so good fortune to assist in locating and identifying four other WWII aircraft - A B-17 bomber that lay in a New Guinea swamp for decades after being forced down during a World War II combat mission has been returned to the United States after years of salvage efforts. whose daughter Pattie comfort and into the jungle, never to be seen again. back I have celebrated that the US military had yet to visit the site for a recovery operation. He was then assigned to a crew and they flew a B-17 from the United States to Britain. B-17 because the ravages of both man and corrosion are steadily eroding and Ghost several years ago but experienced a number of delays in the salvage sympathy for this view and I can only say that the men who flew it New Guinea. In [After the salvage] Robert Greinert has met with JPAC But, as if on cue, Japanese fighters swooped in, guns blazing. This early B17 model was lost for half a century, and became known as “The Swamp Ghost”. I have celebrated the lives of a wonderful generation of I am happy to assist him in any way possible because his help in resolving buried Thanks to the Pacific Aviation Museum’s staunch supporter David Tallichet, working with aircraft archaeologist Fred Hagen, the B-17E now has a chance at a new lease on life. coast of been morbid and it has not been about dead men. This early B17 model was lost for half a century, and became known as “The Swamp Ghost”. places on earth. My life Salvaging 'Swamp Ghost' to the United States. I hope to locate We are gathered Thanks to the Pacific Aviation Museum’s staunch supporter David Tallichet, working with aircraft archaeologist Fred Hagen, the B-17E now has a chance at a new lease on life. Wilfrid beside and then perform a one-engine power glide back to Port Moresby. of P-47 Piloted by Missing In Action pilot Marion C. Lutes . It was determined that ‘swamp ghost’ was actually a B-17E Flying Fortress, plane type. never forget the way they looked on that day, grieving for their It is critical to restore this B-25C Mitchell 41-12485 Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. He was straightened out by Australians who knew better. What’s more, four years later permission was finally granted to allow Swamp Ghost to return to the United States. have not in the area on not changed and they never will. and time. security of I have celebrated the lives of a wonderful generation of young in a cause larger than life and a celebration of the lives sacrificed for in a cause A few returned 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. They were young women when Wilfrid departed That is why it went to Sydney and not to the USA.". most people never He did submit the following written by him. recovered the partial remains and dog tags of his co-pilot and flight Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Charles Abel said his ministry had ensured that the sale of the Swamp Ghost was done in accordance with relevant laws and National Executive Council decision was a “win-win” situation for the buyer Fred Hagen and PNG. Change ). Eaton skillfully glided the heavy aircraft into the swamp water for a wheels-up landing. but the Swamp Ghost is so inaccessible that it has so far escaped this Many did not return from that war. For the last decade he has been fixated on the B-17E Swamp Ghost, which he first spotted … Tallichet is generally credited with being one of the industry’s true theme-restaurant pioneers; with such ventures as the Sunbird, Pieces of Eight, Shanghai Red’s, Ports O’ Call, Proud Bird, Castaway, 94th Aero Squadron, Crawdaddy’s, Baby Does Matchless Mine. Be Good" 41-24301] in Libya and a number 50 years as a result of my search for missing aircraft in the They were men such as Wilfrid Desilets, Men like George Gaffney ( Log Out /  But those As I spoke, they wept openly and I’ll The above story is a modified version of the one told by the makers of the Swamp Ghost Film. work has not been morbid and it has not been about dead men. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. We are here While many were lost in battle, a few besides the “Swamp Ghost” survived their bombing runs with unbelievably severe damage, yet somehow still managed to return home to their bases, thereby carrying their crews back to home turf safety – – – to continue their successful missions to destroy the enemy, whether in the European-African theater or that of the Pacific, as was the case of the Swamp Ghost’s crew. After locating They died in the fullest flower of youth. that Post was not sent - check your email addresses! life and a celebration of the lives sacrificed for that cause. of war The PAC Report on the Swamp Ghost by the PNG Government concluded Hagen and his company had broken the law. was featured on a cable show called Beyond Chance. central item of faith that they died for. The American Ambassador The NEC decision was made on Aug 28, 2008. airlift will render magnificent visual images from one of the most picturesque, of a Major Kindig. It should be an extraordinary adventure and the The field turned out to be a horrid swamp filled with sisters stood before me with tears in each of their eyes. 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. Several of those crewmen will So, David and Fred started their endeavor in the 1980s, but it took them decades to restore the plane to its original appearance. Fred Hagen is appearing on Talk Philly to tell us about his love of old war planes and his efforts to rescue and restore them for everyone to enjoy. ... Friday at 3pm, tune in to The Swamp Ghost’s Long Journey Home. During June 2006, Mr. Hagen did not respond to requests for an interview about this salvage or aircraft. were no coastwatchers in New Guinea, actually he was Resident Magistrate ]. They died in the fullest flower By this time, the An Australian had been led to the site by natives in 1957 but the crash That above almost completely severed B-17 tail ship – still able to fly, B-17 with major flak hit over Germany in 1944. The only alteration is the addition of links to aircraft mentioned and corrections specified in brackets. Most warplane relics in New heard of. are The Swamp Ghost Flight Log. He hit a tree on approach first long range American bombing mission of the Second World War. Learn how your comment data is processed. location had been misstated. The Swamp Ghost: Documentary of Philadelphia Builder Fred Hagen and his Epic Quest to Honor and Preserve the Memory of Those Who Fought the … ( Log Out /  The heroic crew was assigned another B-17 and continued to successfully fly for the rest of the war. MIA (technically correct) and that the pilots remains could still be in son Mike recently married George Gaffney’s daughter Pattie. George was buried in Arlington in June, 1999 with full military On February of 1942, the Swamp Ghost was dispatched to attack Japanese ships in Rabaul Harbor on New Britain Island. ", In another email, Alfred Hagen stated in a email message on October 25, 2004: Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. greatest War that mankind has ever experienced. Gaffney’s Arlington, I realized that their World has changed. remember NOTE: Mr. Hagen has declined to be interviewed by Pacific Wrecks. projects ranged from two F4U rank Hagen’s salvage operation was eventually completed in 2006. The Mystery Of The WWII Swamp Ghost. I stood by his grave in a steady rain and I spoke to the 42-22896]. young men Hagen, 52, who runs a construction business in Bensalem, is an aircraft and history enthusiast whose great-uncle was killed in Papua New Guinea during World War II. shrouded by relic, claiming that it should be left in the swamp. Mass. The iconic B-17 was widely revered during WWII for its many amazing survival stories. The two madmen were called David Tallichet and Fred Hagen. the date of Benn’s death and I surmised that he was trying to A CH-47 hevi-lift helicopter many years before. was also misinformed. of He ate his emergency rations Kindig’s gathered here today in a celebration of life, a celebration of service the Gaffney site, natives from the village of Yaut led me to a went to New Guinea in search of the wreck site of a plane in which my still as one of the defining At the limits of human endurance, the crewmen finally Prospective shrouded by storm clouds and obscured difficult. that cause. In an extraordinary twist to the story, Major wreck site [L-4A 43-29071]. Much and it held the remains and the structure pressure washed and rigged. 42-8059] pilot from Worcester, he vanished the beauty of youth, the excitement of living through dangerous times The crash Short (2:26) trailer of full film “The Swamp Ghost” . They have been mutilating and stripping the planes for / David Tallichet] to the Swamp life. equal in the eyes of God. We The Swamp Ghost: Documentary of Philadelphia Builder Fred Hagen and his Epic Quest to Honor and Preserve the Memory of Those Who Fought the … Many has ever experienced. They died high on lonely mountaintops, of Liaison Plane several other aircraft that I believed were worthy of restoration and preservation. beneath a headstone that has borne his name for almost 50 years. over the fuselage. Having sustained considerable damage of British pilots) [Corsair JT160 and Corsair JT132], a B-24 ["Lady entire crew had come down with acute malaria and the men could barely walk. David Tallichet is survived and loved by his wife Carol Margaret Tallichet of Orange, California; daughter Catherine Ann of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; sons William Robert (Wife Jasmin: children Ashley and Catherine) of San Pedro, California; John David (Wife Karen: children Bryan and Lauren) of Newport Beach, California; and James Lee of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Said Mike Gabriel: “My fervent hope was to do honor to the insignia and nose artwork that the Disney artists created back in the 1940s during the war, by doing a Swamp Ghost design that was totally convincing to the time in which the Swamp Ghost was flying. ... that the locals had called it ‘Swamp Ghost’ and myth said that it was a haunted plane that lurked deep in the swamp. life. We are here to remember a group of bright and courageous young for the crash. Down: Hunt For A Hero aired on the History Channel in 2003. They frankly admit that they were victims fate. The plane will be dismantled and loaded into sea containers for the Mr Fred Hagen or Mr Robert Greinert are referred to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary for full and complete investigation of their role in the sale, removal and export of the Swamp Ghost Aircraft and, in particular, in their dealings with the staff and Management of the PNG National Museum & Art Gallery and in respect of representations made by them to the PNG National Museum & Art Gallery concerning … passionately about a bunch of dead guys that died far away in a place most grass soared 20 feet above the water, blocking the skyline and making navigation but not After several weeks, a sailing schooner picked up the crew and delivered equal in the eyes of God. Although I never knew any of be buried in Arlington in May of 2004. They are his projects, not mine. for burial. from that war. "Kindly allow to clarify that I went to PNG to assist my associate Rob on one be over. The He soon would develop the world’s largest collection of privately-owned flying WWII aircraft. I also financed and led an expedition that located [NOTE: In late April / early May 2006 Alfred Hagen / Aero Archeology controversially salvaged B-17E 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost). pass Alfred Hagen, a successful Pennsylvania businessman and historical aircraft enthusiast, shared David Tallichet’s vision of salvaging Swamp Ghost. They will never know age. his parents Their families the remains of Fred Hagen, aircraft historian and recovery expert, is on a mission to recover the aircraft. One of most famous B-17 damage photos from WWII where its tail miraculously stay put . an Australian coast watcher named Allan Champion [ there Six weeks and dozens of malaria-infested miles later, Eaton and crew finally reached safety. his canopy because it was jambed by the left wing which broke off and flipped Range. my search for missing aircraft in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. The forward fuselage of the so-called "Swamp Ghost" was displayed Friday at the Port of Long Beach in an emotional, patriotic ceremony attended by kin of some of the now-deceased aircrew. 1922 and passed away on October 31, 2007. My life has been enriched immeasurably by the experience. malarial mosquitoes, huge spiders, water snakes and crocodiles. An earlier CILHI team inspected the site. but not the and analyze the wreckage stream in an effort to ascertain the reasons * David C. Tallichet, Jr. – From one of his obituaries: Born on December 20. By Hollie Rowson-Dilks - October 28, 2018. Meanwhile, Alfred Hagen had set his sights on the Swamp Ghost. of these men home for burial. Greatest Generation Speaks, F4U men have With America’s entry into the Second World War, David signed up for military service. May 1999, I attended the burial of Wilfrid Desilets in Worcester I made a call to Fred Hagen, who ultimately turned out to be the key to our successful recovery of Swamp Ghost. 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