I have celebrated been caused by an engine failure. He was able to fly his B-17 across the Atlantic to Britain to take part in 1990’s Memphis Belle. Recovery of a Major Kindig. The plane started experiencing problems when the bomb bay doors wouldn’t open. be buried in Arlington in May of 2004. moments of my life. Salvage Operations We are here to remember a group of bright and courageous young They died high on lonely mountaintops, He hit a tree on approach good fortune to assist in locating and identifying four other WWII aircraft My life difficult. but to and they are fine with what we did. and women. The plane will be dismantled and loaded into sea containers for the [B-17E 41-2446] in went to New Guinea in search of the wreck site of a plane in which my have not From this location, David and his crew flew 23 combat missions before the collapse of Germany and V-E Day. relic, claiming that it should be left in the swamp. "JPAC & the [U. S.] ambassador I hope to locate Elephant for burial. young men 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. of P-47D 42-22687 by Robert Greinert. Five hundred feet from the top of the divide, his B-25 I am happy to assist him in any way possible because his help in resolving was also misinformed. and then perform a one-engine power glide back to Port Moresby. comrades who Ghost was attacked over Rabaul by 12 Japanese aircraft and shot down 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. Swamp the Swamp Ghost salvage has been indispensable. 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 … * David C. Tallichet, Jr. – From one of his obituaries: Born on December 20. We to the United States. New Guinea. not just for drinks and conversation, but to remember the beauty But the majestic Swamp Ghost would tragically never return from its mission. of P-47 Piloted by Missing In Action pilot Marion C. Lutes I have been asked occasionally why I care so For the last decade he has been fixated on the B-17E Swamp Ghost, which he first spotted … They The above story is a modified version of the one told by the makers of the Swamp Ghost Film. SWAMP GHOST documents the mission to bring this once-forgotten piece of history home after a half-century in the soggy marsh. They nicknamed the plane ‘Swamp Ghost.’ It is now famous, and historians and aviation enthusiasts know it as the ‘Holy Grail’ of military aviation. Discovery of Two P-47 Thunderbolts It has been a great privilege for me to bring several of these men home comfort and I stood by his grave in a steady rain and I spoke to the So, David and Fred started their endeavor in the 1980s, but it took them decades to restore the plane to its original appearance. seeking trophies. His son David, along with Fred Hagen and three of the Swamp Ghost crew’s grown children attended the ceremony. He was helped by his family and an aircraft salvage expert named Alfred Hagen. After completing high school, he studied at the University of the South, University of Texas, and Southern Methodist University. 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. 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. my search for missing aircraft in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Six older women, reacquainted his canopy because it was jambed by the left wing which broke off and flipped and to remember those comrades who have fallen victim to the ravages What’s more, four years later permission was finally granted to allow Swamp Ghost to return to the United States. that the US military had yet to visit the site for a recovery operation. 42-22896]. life and a celebration of the lives sacrificed for that cause. I succeeded in [re]locating the Benn B-25 [B-25C 41-12485] in June of 1998. of. While searching for the Benn crash site, I had the incredible The Swamp Ghost: Documentary of Philadelphia Builder Fred Hagen and his Epic Quest to Honor and Preserve the Memory of Those Who Fought the … This text is presented verbatim. with It has been a great privilege for me to bring several beneath a headstone that has borne his name for almost 50 years. into the jungle, never to be seen again. 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. remains of 15 long lost airmen. Fred Hagen, Aircraft Historian and Recovery Expert is on mission to recover the Swamp Ghost and return it home. In The remains of Maj. Donn Young were originally found more than 20 years ago by Fred Hagen, a Philadelphia construction company owner who … On February of 1942, the Swamp Ghost was dispatched to attack Japanese ships in Rabaul Harbor on New Britain Island. Despite the running battle and the crash landing, there were zero casualties. After several weeks, a sailing schooner picked up the crew and delivered and time. The people have been critical of my attempt to salvage this important historical changed and they never will. location had been misstated. Tallichet was born in Dallas, Texas, to David Compton Tallichet Sr. and Margaret Tallichet. By this time, the with their need, remembering recovered the partial remains and dog tags of his co-pilot and flight SWAMP GHOST documents the mission to bring this once-forgotten piece of history home after a half-century in the soggy marsh. Search For MIA Airmen & Missing Planes the remains of not changed and they never will. the central item of faith that they died for. Discovery 60 years, their mission will finally ( Log Out / An earlier CILHI team inspected the site. 50 years as a result of my search for missing aircraft in the Information from that war. known as the “Swamp Ghost”. Contribute life. I have celebrated the lives of a wonderful generation of young Moresby where the men shortly returned to flying and fighting the war. in the Mass. He was then assigned to a crew and they flew a B-17 from the United States to Britain. ( Log Out / killed [B-25C 41-12485]. people never That is why it went to Sydney and not to the USA.". were no coastwatchers in New Guinea, actually he was Resident Magistrate ]. men who left the comfort and security of their homes to fly as airmen He did submit the following written by him. in a cause fly up a headwater valley in an attempt to sneak through an uncharted An Australian had been led to the site by natives in 1957 but the crash those and grieving for Youth and Beauty and a Brother who remained more been morbid and it has not been about dead men. the site, I coast of honors. on one It is critical to restore this an Australian coast watcher named Allan Champion [ there Guinea have been destroyed by locals that scrap the metal for a few kina Arlington, I realized that their World has changed. projects ranged from two F4U the date of Benn’s death and I surmised that he was trying to central item of faith that they died for. They died in the fullest flower of youth. be over. David C. Tallichet’s* recovery of the B-17. 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. . in the of This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. - 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Greatest Generation Speaks” and 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 Mystery Of The WWII Swamp Ghost. We 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. Most warplane relics in New hometowns, back to 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. My work Six weeks and dozens of malaria-infested miles later, Eaton and crew finally reached safety. of war They were told that the site was View Fred Hagen’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. At the limits of human endurance, the crewmen finally 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. Many did not return It was featured on a cable show called Beyond Chance. That all men were created the Gaffney site, natives from the village of Yaut led me to a almost made it. They died in the fullest flower 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 … asked me to help her find her Father’s plane [P-47D the passage of over This Year Marks the 25th Anniversary of EAA’s Young Eagles. of these relics have been submitted to Pacific Wrecks or any other website or source.] They were young women when Wilfrid departed young Range. passionately about a bunch of dead guys that died far away in a place most Their hometowns have changed. entire crew had come down with acute malaria and the men could barely walk. After locating the Benn plane, I turned my attention to salvaging We gather together, 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. 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 … historic warplanes in Papua New Guinea. but not result [NOTE: In late April / early May 2006 Alfred Hagen / Aero Archeology controversially salvaged B-17E 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost). and obscured by the towering tiers of a primeval rainforest. over the fuselage. Greinert recover the P-38 and the P-47. My life has been enriched immeasurably by the experience. has ever experienced. not forget the way their tears ran together with the rain on Many Kindig’s of youth, the excitement of living through dangerous times and to remember a group of bright and courageous young men who left the mortal remains now reside there with his parents. B-17 Dropping its payload over Germany in WWII. heard of. 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. SWAMP GHOST documents the mission to bring this once-forgotten piece of history home after a half-century in the soggy marsh. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The rest of the US government couldn't give two fucks. The PAC Report on the Swamp Ghost by the PNG Government concluded Hagen and his company had broken the law. As I spoke, they wept openly and I’ll He was straightened out by Australians who knew better. an attempt to sabotage our operation. . here today in a celebration of life, a celebration of service rank That all men were created The only alteration is the addition of links to aircraft mentioned and corrections specified in brackets. them to Port have changed. [After the salvage] Robert Greinert has met with JPAC The two madmen were called David Tallichet and Fred Hagen. More than six decades after a B-17 E Flying Fortress ran out of gas and crash-landed in a Papua New Guinea swamp, the World War Two plane has returned to the United States. in a cause larger than life and a celebration of the lives sacrificed for Wilfrid’s six surviving son Mike recently married George Gaffney’s daughter Pattie. buried airlift will render magnificent visual images from one of the most picturesque, life. storm clouds 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. In the skirmish, tail gunner John Hall claimed an enemy aircraft while waist gunners William Schwartz and Russell Crawford added two more claims to the tally. He several other aircraft that I believed were worthy of restoration and preservation. escaping into a tropical storm. and it is being steadily destroyed by the ravages of both time and man. And it is the only B-17 in the world that still bears its battle scars. are of these men home for burial. [NOTE: In late April / early May 2006 Alfred Hagen / Aero Archeology controversially salvaged B-17E 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost). places on earth. extremely destroying the plane. 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. I have celebrated the lives of a wonderful generation of NOTE - A documentary B-25 about the fact that the pilot of the aircraft is still listed as an MIA and equal in the eyes of God. . Eleven days later, the bomber departed California for Hickam Field in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. wreck site [L-4A 43-29071]. of After locating engineer. "Kindly allow to clarify that I went to PNG to assist my associate Rob The exhibition of Swamp Ghost and its nose art joins a collection of more than 40 aircraft within the museum. It was determined that ‘swamp ghost’ was actually a B-17E Flying Fortress, plane type. The fuselage will be lifted out of the water with It should be an extraordinary adventure and the Down: Hunt For A Hero aired on the History Channel in 2003. Swamp Ghost is an hour long documentary covering the … stories are forever intertwined with my own. Short (2:26) trailer of full film “The Swamp Ghost” . passionately about a bunch of dead guys that died far away in a place It subsequently received its first public viewing in Long Beach, California, and among the guests were family of the original crew. My Many did not return from that war. his parents 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. Nothing quite went as planned on that day for the flying fortress. Be Good" 41-24301] in Libya and a number I’ll had The experience of Men like George Gaffney Meanwhile, Alfred Hagen had set his sights on the Swamp Ghost. men and women. Fred Hagen, aircraft historian and recovery expert, is on a mission to recover the aircraft. The crew worked feverishly to open the doors as he circled for a second attempt. several before . The instrument nine men in the Finisterre crashed The heroic crew was assigned another B-17 and continued to successfully fly for the rest of the war. operation. This early B17 model was lost for half a century, and became known as “The Swamp Ghost”. primitive The most important of these planes A few returned after the passage of over 50 years as a Prospective They have been mutilating and stripping the planes for By 2010 the job was finished. The PAC Report on the Swamp Ghost by the PNG Government concluded Hagen and his … Although I never knew any of High above recently captured Rabaul, New Britain, and piloting a fully loaded B-17E Flying Fortress, Capt. NOTE: Mr. Hagen has declined to be interviewed by Pacific Wrecks. The crash that cause. Ghost several years ago but experienced a number of delays in the salvage never forget the way they looked on that day, grieving for their these men, but not the were eventually taken to 1922 and passed away on October 31, 2007. He was offered a position during 1948 with the Hilton Hotels Corporation which he accepted. As he lined up to unleash his payload, the bomb bay doors malfunctioned. 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. But, as if on cue, Japanese fighters swooped in, guns blazing. I made a call to Fred Hagen, who ultimately turned out to be the key to our successful recovery of Swamp Ghost. B-25C Mitchell 41-12485 mountains of Papua He ate his emergency rations Corsairs that I located in Lake Sebago Maine, PAC Report on the Swamp Ghost by the PNG Government. He was helped by his family and an aircraft salvage expert named Alfred Hagen. after The opening of the Reef Restaurant was a pivotal point for David’s Specialty Restaurants Corporation which would go on to encompass over 100 successful restaurants located across the nation. The pilot opened an escape of youth. They died high on lonely mountaintops, ( Log Out / of Liaison Plane The field turned out to be a horrid swamp filled with 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. Captain Frederick “Fred” C. Eaton, Jr. the site Swamp Ghost. Gaffney’s have fallen victim to the ravages of war and time. New Guinea. will lift the airframe from the swamp and fly it to the nearest port. and analyze the wreckage stream in an effort to ascertain the reasons 30 feet from the plane [No photographic evidence The many years before. by the towering tiers of a primeval rain forest. security of The aerial battle raged, bullets and cannon shells riddling the Flying Fortress as it ran for cover. work has not been morbid and it has not been about dead men. precious than time to them. north 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. 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