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"8th Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group wing their way over fleecy clouds to strike at enemy installations in Europe."

- Centre of image is B-17F 42-30765 535th Bomb Sqn MS-U, 381st Bomb Grp, nicknamed Chug-A-Lug, assigned 20th Sept 1943, nine missions before salvaged.



  • 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


  • 42-30765 'Chug a Lug IV'

    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...


Date Contributor Update
10 April 2018 19:48:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations