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the "Swoose" the only survivor of the 19th BG of Clark Air Base, Philippines. The only known surviving combat plane that served in the war from start (Dec 8th 1941 mission) to finish. The only surviving "Shark Tail" B 17. Pieced together from parts planes though the war. Now its been 70 years of storage and moving, and moving and storage. No one has displayed it, or restored it… or displayed it before dismantling it for storage.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by admin

Delivered to Hickam Air Base Hawaii, in May 1941, and moved to Clark Air Base PI in Oct 1941

Dec 8th 1941, the Japanese bombed Clark Air Base in the PI, and Ole Betsy was damaged but repaired with a tail from another damaged B 17

On Jan. 11, 1942, three Japanese fighters caused heavy damage to Ole Betsy during a running 35-minute engagement off the coast of Borneo.

Maintenance personnel in Australia replaced the damaged tail with one from another B-17D, replaced the engines, and converted the aircraft into an armed transport. The new pilot, Capt. Weldon Smith, gave it a new nickname after a then-popular song about a half-swan, half-goose called the “Swoose.”

Then, as a reward for valor, she was assigned to transport missions for high Army officers.

Capt. Frank Kurtz, a personal pilot for Lt. Gen. Geroge Brett, (CO Air Force of the Far East) and

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