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"Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the 381st* Bomb Group wing their way over checker-board landscape, en route to bomb enemy installations in Europe."

Identifiable are MS-Y, 42-29941 'Tarfu' MS-R, 42-30864 MS-T, 42-30029 'Chaps Flying Circus' MS-P with what looks to be 42-3177 MS-O 'The Hellion' [bottom left]. * 535BS, 381BG, 8AF.



  • 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


  • 42-29941 Tarfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 TARFU; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 15/7/43 TS TARFU; Missing in Action 15m Bremen 8/10/43...

  • 42-30029 Chap's Flying Circus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Frank Chapman, Dick Robinson, Bill Hodge, Wilson Cupp, Otha Frost, Edwin Myers, Ed Pope, John Wardell, Bill Richardson, Bob...

  • 42-30864

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gore 13/8/43; Cheyenne 14/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 19/9/43; Missing in Action 2m Bremen 8/10/43 with Bill Cormany, Co-pilot: Maj Bill Ingenhutt, Navigator: Edwin Frost, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-3177

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 26/4/43; transferred 337BS/96BG [AW-K] HELLER'S ANGEL Andrews Field, then THE HELLION /43; 535BS/381BG [MS-O] Ridgewell 15/7/43; 28m transferred to RAF 214 Sq [SR376] BU-? Sculthorpe,...


Date Contributor Update
16 April 2018 16:22:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations