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A bomber crew of the 381st Bomb Group return to base after a mission in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31761) nicknamed "Rotherhithe's Revenge". Image stamped on reverse: 'Sunday Pictorial for Censor.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 10 Mar 1944.' [stamp] and '310673.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'BACK FROM BERLIN. Scenes this week at a Bomber station of the U.S. Air Force , somewhere in England. The crew of the Flying Fortress "Rotherhithe's Revenge", a British subscribed ship, land after leading a flight to Berlin.' CPT Mel Hecker (right), an original 381st Lead Pilot completed 25 missions leading the Group over Berlin on March 8, 1944. The Group CO is 2nd from right and was co-pilot for the mission. Base is Ridgewell.

IWM catalogue record

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A bomber crew of the 381st Bomb Group return to base after a mission in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31761) nicknamed "Rotherhithe's Revenge". Image stamped on reverse: 'Sunday Pictorial for Censor.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 10 Mar 1944.' [stamp] and '310673.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'BACK FROM BERLIN. Scenes this week at a Bomber station of the U.S. Air Force , somewhere in England. The crew of the Flying Fortress "Rotherhithe's Revenge", a British subscribed ship, land after leading a flight to Berlin.'

Connections

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • Melvin Hecker

    Military | Major | Assistant Operations Officer
    Commercial pilot at age 18 in Chicago, IL. Enlisted January 5, 1942. Pinned wings at Ellington Field, TX Oct, 1942 (42-J). Original Pilot with 535th & 532nd Sqd, 381st BG, later Ops Officer with 701st Sqd, 445th BG, attended C&GSS late 1944, later...

Aircraft

  • 42-31761 Rotherhithe's Revenge

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Denver 20/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-O] Ridgewell; 73+m Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45;...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2017 03:09:57 Doc Hecker Changes to caption
Sources

R Hecker

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2017 03:08:57 Doc Hecker Changes to caption and mission associations
Sources

MAJ Rick Hecker, MC, USA (Ret), son of MAJ Mel Hecker, AC

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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