06-08-10 - The front fuselage of the B17E Bomber " Swamp Ghost " was unveiled during a homecoming ceremony held at The Reef restaurant in Long Beach. The family of the late " Swamp Ghost " bombardier Col. Richard Oliver, from left to right, sisters Karen Braughton, Kathy Castaldo, wife Linda Oliver, son Michael Oliver and Michael's wife Nancy Munson get a close up look at front of The Flying Fortress that crash-landed in a primitive New Guinea swamp in February 23,1942. Col. Richard Oliver and his crew survived the crash after a six week trek to safety, returned to combat and the bomber remained in the swamp until it was rediscovered in 1972 by an Australian Air force crew. The B17E air crewÕs surviving relatives, aircraft salvage team leaders and aviation historians welcomed home the fallen aircraft to honor the heroes of World War II.
Stephen Carr / Press-Telegram