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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 19/7/43; Gr Isle 11/8/43; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 31/8/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 20/9/43; 28m 8AF Fight Com, Debden (Radwinter) as radio relay aircraft 25/4/44; 610BS/398BG [3O- ] Nuthampstead 15/11/44; to 435 ASGp 3/6/45 then Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10/45. SWEET AND LOVELY.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • 610th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter damaged on the 29 July 1943 mission.

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Dallas, TX, USA 19 July 1943
Assigned Alconbury, Huntingdon PE28, UK 31 August 1943

482nd BG

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 20 September 1943

381st BG
533rd BS

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 25 April 1944

8th AF Fighter Command
Radio Relay Aircraft

Assigned Nuthampstead, Royston SG8, UK 15 November 1944

398th BG
610th BS

Sold for Scrap Altus, OK, USA 4 October 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2016 23:56:08 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2016 23:54:36 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 13:41:40 ChrisTennet Changes to person associations
Sources

Removing mistaken association

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 13:40:36 ChrisTennet Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.381st.org/Gallery.aspx

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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