IWM catalogue record
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B-17 Flying Fortresses, (VE-O, serial number 41-107112) nicknamed "Sleepy Time Gal", (VE-N, serial number 43-37675) nicknamed "Patches (Flak Magnet)" of the 381st Bomb Group in flight during a practice mission.
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...
Military | Major | Pilot
'My title is Major USAF, Retired and I completed 35 combat missions as a pilot and Flight Commander with the 532nd Bomb Sq, 381st Bomb Group at Ridgwell about 25 miles from Duxford. My last combat mission was on 2nd January 1945 and I led the Group...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-N] Ridgewell 10/6/44 PATCHES; 55+m battle damaged Neckarsulm 1/3/45 with Price; last sighted St Pol sur Ternoise, Fr, force landed France?; repaired & ret group;...