The B-17E 41-2446 bomber aircraft was completed on the Boeing Factory lines on Nov. 28, 1941. She was officially accepted by the U.S. Army Air Forces on Dec. 6, 1941. Eleven days later and only ten days after the Attack on Pearl Harbor, 41-2446 landed at Hickam Field on the Island of Oahu. She stayed here till Feb. 11, 1942 when she left on a 71-year journey that would eventually see her arriving back on Oahu at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
B-17E 41-2446’s journey included the first strategic bombing raid conducted by the United States and she ultimately completed a gear-up landing in the swamps of Papua New Guinea where she laid to rest for the next 64 years. In 2006, a crew lead by Alfred Hagen, salvaged this aircraft, which has now become known to history as the “Swamp Ghost”. From 2006-2010, Swamp Ghost stayed in storage in Lae, Papua New Guinea until she was transported to California. Then in April 2013, over 70 years since her arrival, the “Swamp Ghost” finally made it back home to Hawaii and settled at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
Come and join us on Friday, Sept 11th at 9am Hawaii/3pm EST, as we explore the people and stories involved with this aircraft’s journey, not only the military history but the resurrection of the aircraft. Hear from Alfred Hagen’s about his family history, which led to his efforts to recover “Swamp Ghost,” and why we, as a nation, place such importance on remembering and honoring our past.