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42-30765

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-U] Ridgewell 20/9/43; 9m on training mission 29/12/43 with Bill Ridley, Co-pilot: George Hoffman, Navigator: Eugene Arning, Navigator: Carl Dittus, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Davis, Radio Operator: Jim Stuart (6 Returned to Duty); in very poor visibility clipped some trees and force landed Rodmead Farm, Maiden Bradley, near Warminster, Wilts., UK; Salvaged n/battle damaged 2/1/44. CHUG-A-LUG IV.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    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

    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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eugene Arning

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #4238061 'Georgia Rebel II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Edwin Davies

    Military | Assistant Utilities Officer | 381st Bomb Group

  • Carl Dittus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak over the target of Frankfurt, GR on 20 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31381 'Jaynee B' fell behind and was forced to ditch in the Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • George Hoffman

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    29 December 1943 accident in B17#42-30765 'Chug-a-lug' on a slow-time flight. AC landed in small field hitting some trees while landing in Wiltshire. Bill Ridley crew. 5 RTD.

  • Bill Ridley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    29 December 1943 accident in B17#42-30765 'Chug-a-lug' on a slow-time flight. AC landed in small field hitting some trees while landing in Wiltshire. 5 RTD.

  • James Stewart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Meyers, R. Crew 29 December 1943 accident in B17#42-30765 'Chug-a-lug' on a slow-time flight. AC landed in small field hitting some trees while landing in Wiltshire. Bill Ridley crew. 5 RTD.

Places

  • Ridgewell, England

    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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 25 July 1943

Delivered Cheyenne 25-Jul-43.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 20 September 1943

Assigned 535BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Warminster BA12, UK 29 December 1943

on training mission 29-Dec-43 in very poor visibility clipped some trees and force landed Rodmead Farm, Maiden Bradley, near Warminster UK. 6 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 06:07:12 ARowe95 Changes to media associations
Sources

WWII Dogfights, Bombers and Warbirds Facebook page

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2018 19:58:51 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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