The Swamp Ghost

A group of tourists trekked to the B-17 'Swamp Ghost' in September 2005, to pay respect to the crew's escape. The trek began with a huge traditional welcoming in the village of Karaisa, who helped the B-17's crew to safety. 

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WELCOMING SING SING
The welcoming included a mock-tribal war, a parade, welcome song, speeches and presentation of gifts. To honor the history, we ate a traditional meal identical to the one their forefathers served the Americans.

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TREK TO THE BOMBER
The group traveled up the river into the swamp lands, observing exotic birds and wildlife in this unspoiled ecosystem. Next was the 35 minute walk along on a 1.78km jungle trail, from the river bank to the bomber.  This walk pays tribute to the same trek that the crew of the bomber made. Our walk was along a prepared trail, theirs was not.
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THE SWAMP GHOST
More stunning than ever!  Our guides had painstakingly cleared the surrounding grass from around the wreck, allowing us to photograph the bomber like never before!This was the only such visit to the wreck, as it was salvaged eight months later.

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NEWS
SALVAGE
HISTORY
EXPERIENCE
TREK
DVD
          B-17E 41-2446 art by Jack Fellows via IHRP

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