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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/1/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 6/4/44; 113m Returned to the USA 5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 26/2/46. STAGE DOOR CANTEEN.



  • 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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • Lawrence Maschhoff

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Maschhoff, L. Crew

  • John Murphy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    John Murphy served as a pilot with the 535th Bomb Squadron of the 381st Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Ridgewell, England. John flew 35 missions from July 1944 - March 1945. He flew B-17 42-31990 'Stage Door Canteen' and 42-32060 'Boulder...


  • 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...

  • Boeing Field

    Military site : airfield

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA January 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne Echo Heliport, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA 10 January 1944

Delivered Cheyenne 10-Jan-44.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead, Essex CO9, UK 6 April 1944 – May 1945

Assigned 535BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Christened Ridgewell, Halstead, Essex CO9, UK 23 April 1944

Christened in naming ceremony by Vivien Leigh, Lawrence Olivier and Mary Churchill.

100+ missions Ridgewell, Halstead, Essex CO9, UK 25 February 1945

100 mission milestone celebrated with the presentation of a cake by actresses Anna Neagle, Jean Kent and Phyllis Calvert.

Scrapped Kingman Airport (IGM), 7000 Flightline Dr, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA 26 February 1946

Sold for scrap metal. Kingman AFB, USA. 26-Feb-46.


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 18:40:01 terveurn Changes to place associations


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 12:17:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log