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"Unusual crash of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" (A/C No. 44-6148) of the 381st Bomb Group, England, 13 July 1944."



  • 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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6148 'Smashing Thru'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Kearney 24/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-M] Ridgewell 16/6/44; 11+m crashed on take off for Munich 13/7/44 with John Houston(severe burns), Co-pilot: Bill Scruggs (same, plus broken leg) (2 Returned to Duty);...


Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 13:17:08 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations