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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/8/43; Geiger 15/8/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-E] Ridgewell 23/9/43; 9m battle damaged Frankfurt 4/2/44 with John Kuhl, Co-pilot: Ashley Hamory, rest of crew?etc., two engines out, but crew decided to make for home only to crash landed base. Salvaged 7/2/44. MICKEY FINN.



  • 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


  • Ashley Hamory

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed landed at Ridgewell due to battle damage on the return from a mission to Frankfurt in B-17 42-30834 'Mickey Finn' 4-Feb-44. RTD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Kuhl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Crashed landed at Ridgewell due to battle damage on the return from a mission to Frankfurt in B-17F #42-30834 'Mickey Finn'. RTD. Earlier on 20 December 1943, flying B17 42-37754, had oxygen problems on the a/c 'Who Dat Ding Bat' and S/Sergeant Lee...

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Ohl, C. Crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Credited with one German fighter damaged on the 29 July 1943 mission.


  • 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
18 November 2019 19:48:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log