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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gore 30/6/43; Gr Isle 16/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG [PC-J] Alconbury with Oboe Mk I radar 10/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 28/2/44; crashed on take off for Oldenburg 8/4/44 with Harlan Soeder, Co-pilot: Phiol Mulhall, Navigator: Jerome Becker, Bombardier: George Grote, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Sedoryk, Radio Operator: John Boland, Ball turret gunner: Frank Marushack, Waist gunner: Alan Hawkinson, Waist gunner: Bob Megee,Tail gunner: Milton Bailes (10 Returned to Duty), skidded on take off and nosed up in dirt at end of runway; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 9/4/44; Salvaged 12/4/44.



  • 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...

  • 813th Bomb Squadron


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log