The Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress" AFA-317th Chapter Aircraft

"It has served, unlike any other bomber, through all of the Second World War. It had become a legend in its time. A tribute to the men who had conceived, designed, and built it-and a monument to the remarkable young men, most of them boys who flew it. These men, and this plane, accomplished one of the most frightening missions ever demanded of men and aircraft. Together they helped end history's last "Glorious War".


AFA-317 Blogspot created and maintained by Benny F. Benitez, FAA -Airframe / Powerplant and FCC-Ham Radio Lic.) VFW Life Member, Former Chapter President (2009-2010). Current Chapter Vice President of Special Projects

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Regrets To Announce The Passing of World War II Veteran, B-17, 35 Missions Crewman and Recipient of The French Legion of Honor Medal TSgt. Seymour "Sy" Shweky

Mr. Seymour "Sy" Shweky

Brooklyn, New York native and World War II aerial combat Veteran Mr. Seymour "Sy" Shweky former U.S. Army Air Corp. Boeing B-17F Heavy Bomber crewman with 35 combat missions over the European Theater of Operation (ETO) and Nazi held France

Mr. Shweky shown here with U.S. Air Force elements from U.S. Southern Command at the May 10th 2012 luncheon where "Sy" was the guest speaker and our honored World War II Veteran. Shown on the far left is Chapter President Lt.Col. Rodrigo 'Rod" Huete USAF (Ret.)

Mr. Shweky manning the port side, 50 caliber, Browning waist machine gun of his Boeing B-17F  heavy bomber. Sy was also a highly trained radio man within the crew. Radiomen of B-17 bomber crews were highly, technically specialized technicians of their time, sort of today Information Technology "IT" specialist 

Shown with former Chapter President Benny Benitez who assisted Mr. Shweky to present his vast array of personal World War II B-17 crew gear which he brought to the May 10th 2012 luncheon for all to see and learn about, which including his white, silk scarf that his Mother gave him for good luck of which apparently worked as Mr. Shweky completed 35 combat missions when the average for B-17 crews was 8 missions and where 25 missions was a feat of accomplishment.

Mr. Seymour "Sy" Shweky 
1924 to 2016

The Air Force Association Miami-Homestead Chapter-AFA-317th regrets to advise of the passing of World War II, aerial combat Veteran, U.S. Army Air Corp, 35 missions, B-17F, heavy bomber crewman Mr. Seymour "Sy" Shweky who passed away on Saturday 6th August 2016 in Hollywood, Florida at the age of ninety-two 92 years old.
Mr. Shweky honored us with his presentation of his B-17F aerial combat experience over the European Theater of Operation (ETO) and Nazi held France at our May 10th 2012 luncheon which was held at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant.  Upon learning of Mr. Shweky 35 aerial combat missions over the ETO and many over France, the  Air Force Association Miami-Homestead Chapter-AFA-317th under the leadership of Chapter member Mr. Steven Edelstein, Esq. and The Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects (FHEP) led the way to assist Mr. Shweky obtained and thus be officially awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal by the French Government via the French Consulate of Miami, Florida.We salute and shall always remember Mr. Shweky presentation and his dedicated service to his beloved family and our great Nation.
Rest In Peace Sir. We morn the lost of an American Hero.


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