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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-V] Ridgewell 28/6/44; battle damaged Cologne 18/12/44 with Pearce; force landed continent; Salvaged 5/1/45.



  • 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


  • John Berkley

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Berkley, J. Crew

  • Robert Coates

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pettit, W. Crew

  • Harry Delaplane

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Baled-out over Channel 30-Oct-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10152 Awards: AM(4OLC), PH.

  • William Goudeket

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    July 1944 - January 1945

  • Frank Gunderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Baled-out over Channel 30-Oct-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10152 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Thomas Hammer

    Military | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    June 1944 - February 1945

  • James Morgan

    Military | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group

  • Eugene Nelson

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    June 1944 - May 1945

  • Joseph Pearce

    Military | 381st Bomb Group

  • Hector Tencich

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    Berkley, J. Crew


  • 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 21 May 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 21-May-44.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 28 June 1944

Assigned 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Bale-outs over Channel English Channel 30 October 1944

Bale-outs over Channel pilot Lt John W Berkley, 30-Oct-44 2 x MIA/FOD A/C RTB MACR 10152

B-17G 43-37791 - 533BS 381BG 8AF

Crashed France 18 December 1944

Battle damaged Cologne 18-Dec-44 with Lt Joseph J Pearce.


Date Contributor Update
10 August 2018 19:28:59 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10152 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database