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43-39174

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 23/12/44; Dow Fd 13/1/45; Assigned 367BS/306BG Thurleigh 21/2/45; transferred 533BS/381BG Ridgewell 5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 30/11/45. LITTLE JOE.

Service

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Gooch

    Military | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • John Powell

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on John Gooch crew. AM Oak Leaf Cluster,

Places

  • 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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 11:28:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Snippet from 306th Bomb Group unit history - see https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/27077

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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