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"The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'The Alamo' of the 381st BG stationed at an 8th AF base near Ridgewell, Essex county England. 10-Jan-45."



  • 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


  • 44-8228 The Alamo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 24/7/44; Langley 17/8/44; Dow Fd 16/9/44; Assigned PFF 418BS/100BG [LD-B] Thorpe Abbotts 18/9/44; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-L] Ridgewell 3/10/44; 7+m 306BG Thurleigh 5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46. THE ALAMO.


  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2018 18:42:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations