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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 17/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-U] Ridgewell 25/3/44; 72m+ Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/12/45.




  • 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


  • Fred Avery

    Military | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Mitchell, R. Crew

  • Arthur DiMartile

    Military | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    OConnor, J. Crew

  • James Farley

    Military | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Thornton, J. Crew

  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), ...

  • Marion Heilman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17G 'Los Angeles City Limits' 42-10718. On 10/7/44 while on mission to Schneeburg/Zwickau, Germany, the plane was hit on return and attacked by ME163's. Pilot gave order to bail (*) out and my uncle did. The plane limped back to England. He...

  • Frank Hermance

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 381st Bomb Group

  • John O'Connor

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    August 1943 - October 1944

  • John Riley

    Military | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    OConnor, J. Crew

  • Ralph Stout

    Military | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    OConnor, J. Crew

  • Harold Walkup

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    May 1944 - May 1944. 2 tours.


  • 669

    7 October 1944


  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

  • Kingman Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
05 May 2022 07:05:05 vppelt68 Changes to production block number and manufacturer

Dave Osborne, The B-17 Master Log

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 23:07:46 terveurn Changes to place associations

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24 June 2015 14:21:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log