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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44;ass 457BG Glatton 12/2/44; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP- ] Ridgewell 15/3/44; 48m battle damaged Cologne 12/12/44 with Ruf; coll en route with 43-38986, sheared rudder off, force landed Belgium, sal 5/1/45; MARSHA SUE.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron


  • Erich Ruf

    Military | Major | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    October 1944 - May 1945


  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 24 January 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 24-Jan-44.

Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28 5RR, UK 12 February 1944

Assigned to 457BG 12-Feb-44.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 15 March 1944

Transferred 533BS, 381BG 15-Mar-44.

Crashed Saint-Denis, 7034 Mons, Belgium 12 December 1944

Mission to Cologne. Collision en route with 43-38986, sheared rudder off, force landed Belgium. 12-Dec-44.

Destroyed enemy action Saint-Denis, 7034 Mons, Belgium 1 January 1945

Destroyed on ground as a result of strafing St Denis-Westrum- Op Bodenplatte.


Date Contributor Update
12 August 2018 08:30:20 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope By John Manrho, Ron Pütz

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log