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"Against A Background Of Vapor Trails Etched By Proceding Heavy Bombers, The Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Bacta Th' Sac' Of The 381St Bomb Group Heads Toward Its Objective, Somewhere In Europe."

- 42-3540 "Lucifer Jr II" aka "Bacta th Sac" MS-N 535th BS 381st BG.



  • 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


  • 42-3540 Lucifer Jr III, Bacta-Th'-Sac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/7/43; Dyersbury 15/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-N] Ridgewell 20/9/43 LUCIFER JR III; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1 December 1943 with Pilot Warren C. Hess; Navigator: David Randle; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert J....


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15 April 2018 18:28:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations