Pacific Wrecks’ Justin Taylan, a vocal critic of Swamp Ghost’s “illegal export”, said in a media statement from New York: “As if tied to its imminent export, the last living Swamp Ghost veteran, George Munroe, died last week in the US.” Born on March 21, 1918, in Moline, Illinois, Munroe graduated as an engineer, joined the US Army Air Corps and completed flight training but, due to a shortage of navigators, was assigned to that role. jQuery('#shs_next').click(function(){ Copyright © Mysterious Universe. The blimp was the Airship L-8, also called the Love-8, with a scheduled three man crew consisting of Lieutenant Ernest Dewitt Cody, Ensign Charles Ellis Adams, and flight mechanic J Riley Hill, all experienced Navy veterans, but the flight was delayed when they were told the blimp was too heavy. Joy and Bo are no longer with us. A US-based war relics lobby group, Pacific Wrecks, which is against the removal of the B17 bomber from its crash site in Oro province, announced First Lt Munroe’s death yesterday. Finally, the blimp came to a stop by crashing into a house on Bellevue Avenue, coming to rest on the family’s car as it slowly deflated from a puncture in a shower of sparks sent down by its nudge into electrical wires. When investigators were finally able to board that mysterious bomber that landed itself, they were left with more questions than answers. So, the pilot had to make a crash landing. This would explain all of the signs that point to whatever happened to the crew happening very suddenly. } var left_indent = parseInt(jQuery('#shs_slider_ul').css('left')) + item_width; The L-8 soared off towards Daly City, where it veered so low to the ground that it scraped over the roofs of houses, startling the occupants, as well as bouncing off of utility poles and trees. World War II saw some of the greatest air battles in history. Aside from Kanan and Ezra, however, the fate of the other members of the Ghost crew were left pretty open-ended. Why is there no scrap of evidence of where the two men went? According to the Pacific Wrecks website, Munroe will be buried at Arlington Cemetery with his wife Emily Sue. jQuery('#shs_slider_ul').css({'left':'-300px','width':item_width*total_width+10}); David Tallichet, an antique plane collector, who had been a World War II air pilot himself, began the huge task. It could not be rationally explained how two experienced blimp crew could have suddenly vanished on a perfectly routine flight aboard a famously sturdy and reliable aircraft that had been deemed to be in perfect working order prior to take off, all without sending out a radio distress call and without being seen by anyone in the heavily travelled area they had been in. The wreck was "discovered" by the RAAF in 1972; The aircraft will be relatively easy to recover ‘Swamp Ghost' is the last surviving intact B-17E; The crew had an arduous escape Following this discovery the aircraft was dubbed as the “Swamp Ghost” (it was not called this in World War Two) and unfortunately became a target for souvenir hunters who during the 1970’s removed instruments and guns from the wreck (the bomb sight had been removed and deliberately sabotaged and thrown into the swamp in 1942 by a crew member but pretty much everything else … They survived six weeks of struggling on foot, fighting malaria and terrible heat. Besides the puncture and some minor damage to the blimp’s propellers from hitting obstacles the ship seemed to be in good working order. Some strange vanishings seem destined to forever taunt us from beyond their veil of mystery. On the imminent export of the Swamp Ghost, Mr Taylan said the airplane wreck was on the Lae dock awaiting export aboard the Pacific Pathfinder, most probably today. Additionally, there were no confirmed enemy subs in the area at the time, weather conditions had been favorable, and indeed even as the blimp had been in a free floating state there had been witnesses claiming to have seen people in the cockpit, although the Navy was confident that the crew had already been gone before the blimp had appeared over land. function(){ jQuery('#shs_slider_ul .shs_items:last').after(jQuery('#shs_slider_ul .shs_items:first')); During one such heist, Jarrus and Syndulla decided to raid an Imperial supply convoy. As time went on and the war ended, no one thought twice about the Flying Fortress, and it was time to go home. Aero Vintage Review - Swamp Ghost DVD by Scott Thompson, November 2008 [ Read review on Aerovintage] Swamp Ghost: B-17E 41-2446 was timely in 2005 when it was released; it is poignant now in 2008. 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. One of the most straightforward theories is that they simply fell out. Luckily, many other Star Wars stories across movies, shows and comics could pick up where Rebels.One of the more high-profile examples was Rogue One, which featured a callout to Hera serving as a pilot in the Battle of Scariff and even an on-screen cameo from her … Most of you know that Oscar passed away a year ago. Then, at 9AM the L-8 finished whatever it had been doing and headed off north back towards San Francisco, which was a bit odd as it had been scheduled to continue to the Farrallon Islands. The crew of nine survived, and over the next six weeks battled malaria and heat exhaustion as they made their way to safety. Strangely, the intensive search of the region turned up not only a complete lack of any trace of the missing men, but also a total lack of any people who had seen them. }); function(){ The crew of nine survived, and over the next six weeks, battled malaria and heat exhaustion to make their way to safety. Not long after this sighting, at about 11AM, one of the Navy search planes that had been scouring the area for the blimp saw it soaring up to around 2,000 feet, which was the limit of it’s recommended maximum altitude and at the point where it becomes dangerous for the craft’s gas pressure. Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 was a scheduled flight from New York JFK to Miami.Shortly before midnight on December 29, 1972, the Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar crashed into the Florida Everglades, causing 101 fatalities. It is a eerily puzzling vanishing that has evaded answers for decades and will probably continue to do so. var item_width = jQuery('#shs_slider_ul .shs_items').outerWidth(); Swamp Ghost - episode: 412205 On February 23, 1942, following America's first heavy bomber offensive raid of World War II, a bullet-riddled U.S. B-17E bomber crash-landed in a remote swamp in Papua New Guinea. In the end, we may just have to resign ourselves to the fact that this is one weird case that is perhaps destined to forever elude us. The National | A Site By. There was nothing particularly strange or out of the ordinary about anything on board the L-8 except the fact that the gondola door had been unhinged and the eerie absence of anyone aboard. "Swamp Ghost" has the distinction of being the last intact and un-retired World War II-era B-17E bomber, complete with 121 bullet holes. As he lined up to unleash his payload, the bomb bay doors malfunctioned. He lived in retirement in northern Virginia and passed away peacefully on Jan 17, prior to his 92nd birthday. Right around the evening time when it happened, that’s when it really gets weird, and [my wife] Dale leaves me alone.” Rossington and the rest of the band and crew – 20 in all – survived their injuries but struggled for years with the aftermath. However, when at around 9AM radio contact had still not been achieved with the L-8, search aircraft were sent out to find it and a general broadcast was made to aircraft in the area telling them to keep an eye out for the rogue blimp. THE last surviving crew of the Swamp Ghost, navigator George B. Munroe has died in America as Papua New Guinea’s best known war relic is prepared to be shipped out of Lae today for the United States to be restored by a private collector. Swamp Ghost was not with the squadron on that fateful day. The year was 1942, and the seas were considered to be a dangerous place to be, prowled by enemy Japanese submarines that stalked through the cold depths of the Pacific and had sunk dozens of Allied ships along the west coast, as well as even shelling a California oil facility. All that could be ascertained was that the engines and the blimp in general were all in perfect working order. But that's where the encouraging news stopped. } Since the Swamp Ghost became somewhat of a regional attraction, Alfred didn't take too long to find the crash site. It doesn’t make sense. 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