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532nd Bomb Squadron

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  • 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...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Ridgewell, England

Connections

People

  • Stanley Abrams

    Military | Corporal | Sheet Metal Specialist | 381st Bomb Group
    Entered service 2 Aug 1942. Discharged 5 Oct 1945.

  • Edward Adams

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #4238010. Prisoner of War (POW). Held at camp : Stalag Luft III Sagan-Silesia, Bavaria POW

  • Eugene Adams

    Military | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Hughes, M. Crew

  • Loyd Adamson

    Military | Major | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Led 381st 13 January, 1945, bombing raid using a 303rd BG radar equipped B-17 G. A/c was hit with flack losing 2 engines, hydraulic tank and many electrical wires. Made a no-brake landing at Valencienne, France, using parachutes to stop the plane.

  • LeRoy Aden

    Military | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    December 1943 - September 1944

  • Michael Albano

    Military | Cook | 381st Bomb Group

  • Anton Albrecht

    Military | 381st Bomb Group

  • Joe Alexander

    Military | Major | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Alexander crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30153 "Worry Wart". Mission #12 to the Focke-Wulf factory at Hamburg. MACR 131. Flak damaged, vibrating violently over the English Channel, turned 180 degrees back to...

  • Leslie Alexander

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    MacGregor J. Crew

  • Harry Allchin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Duncan crew. 381st BG, 532nd BS. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29506 'Full Boost!'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. Diverted to the steel works at Solinger, Germany. MACR 1578. Killed in Action (KIA)....

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Aircraft

  • 42-102703 Pella Tulip

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-M] Ridgewell 22/5/44; 30+m battle damaged Cologne 16/10/44 with Chas Reseigh; two minutes before bombs away a flak hit smashed cockpit and nose comp. Pilot Reseigh...

  • 42-102873 The Joker II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/44; Hunter 27/4/44; Grenier 11/5/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-H] Ridgewell 22/5/44; Missing in Action 51+m Bremen 3/2/45 with John Anderson (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Leon Wall, Navigator: Paul Gayori, Bombardier: Carl Forbes...

  • 42-106994 Little Guy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Grenier 22/2/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-K] Ridgewell 3/4/44; Missing in Action 37+m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with Kyle Smith, Radio Operator: Lester Colson, Ball turret gunner: Gustavo Contreras (3 Killed in...

  • 42-107023

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Kearney 10/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 25/3/44; Missing in Action {2+m} Ludwigshafen 27/5/44 with Andy Stuart, Bombardier: Chas Eisen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Harrison, Waist...

  • 42-107088

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-V] Ridgewell 25/3/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with John Doyle, Co-pilot: Julian Prokopovitz, Navigator: Dick Richards, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-107100 Century Note

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/2/44; Gr Island 3/3/44; Grenier 24/3/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-O/D] Ridgewell 6/4/44; 47+m Returned to the USA Bradley 28/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 31/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

  • 42-107112 Sleepy Time Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/2/44; Gr Island 3/3/44; Grenier 24/3/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-O] Ridgewell 6/4/44; 47+m Returned to the USA Bradley 29/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/11/45. SLEEPY TIME GAL....

  • 42-29506 Full Boost!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/12/42; Salina 9/1/43; Morrison 12/2/43; Homestead 18/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-V] Chelveston 2/3/43 YE WHITE SWAN; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 22/8/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Jason Duncan,...

  • 42-29570 Big Time Operator II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5-Jan-43; Gt Falls 31-Jan-43; Denver 2-Feb-43; Salina 11-Feb-43; to Marrakesh, via ATC 14-Mar-43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 21-Mar-43; transferred BAD 1 Burtonwood 22-May-43; 532BS/381BG [VE-D] Ridgewell 7-Sep-43; 6+m...

  • 42-29731 Ol' Swayback, Moore Fidite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 28/3/43; Presque 8/4/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43 MOOR-FIDITE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG [VE-E] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action...

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Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 15:10:18 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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