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B-17 Flying Fortresses, (VP-S, serial number 42-97059) nicknamed "Marsha Sue", (GD-P, serial number 44-6163) and (VP-V, serial number 43-37791), of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation during a practice mission.

They are Heading towards Bury St Edmunds, approx 10 miles away, Village of Kentford Suffolk behind the last B-17 VP-V.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

B-17 Flying Fortresses, (VP-S, serial number 42-97059) nicknamed "Marsha Sue", (GD-P, serial number 44-6163) and (VP-V, serial number 43-37791), of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation during a practice mission.

Connections

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...

Aircraft

  • 42-97059 'Marsha Sue'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44;ass 457BG Glatton 12/2/44; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP- ] Ridgewell 15/3/44; 48m battle damaged Cologne 12/12/44 with Ruf; coll en route with 43-38986, sheared rudder off, force landed Belgium, sal 5/1/45;...

  • 43-37791

    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.

  • 44-6163 'Passaic Warrior'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-P] Ridgewell 28/6/44; 71+m Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2020 16:22:35 pbass63 Changes to caption
Sources

Paul Bass

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:30:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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