is a retired Colonel, USA who served in the Pacific during
WWII and survived two crashes on the "23rd"
I was the bombardier
who joined [Pilot Fred C.] Eaton's crew [B-17E
his bombardier became ill in
I had survived an 11th Squadron B-24 crash 900 miles south
of Hawaii. A destroyer, US Preston #379, picked up the survivors
and returned us to Hawaii, where I joined Eaton's crew.
Coincidences of the Crashes
the B-24 crash occurred
on January 23, exactly 30 days prior to our crash in the
New Guinea swamp. I wouldn't fly on the 23d of the month
Removal of the Bombsite
After B-17 Force Landing
I was the one who removed the bombsight from the nose
compartment, placed it on the outer wing and shot it before sinking
it in the swamp.
the best of my knowledge, the name "Swamp
from a book of the same name, written and copyrighted
by Glen Spieth, son of Harry Spieth, pilot of one of
on the Feb 23 mission to Rabaul.