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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 19/8/43; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-F] Ridgewell 20/9/43; after 6 missions transferred AFSC, 487BG Lavenham; APH & Azon duties at Knettishall /44. AVENGER.



  • VIII Air Force Service Command
  • 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...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron


  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA August 1943

Built at Douglas, Long Beach.

Delivered Buckley AFB, Aurora, CO, USA 19 August 1943

Delivered USAAF, Denver Field 19/8/43.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead, Essex CO9, UK 20 September 1943

Assigned 532nd BS, 381st BG, 8AF 20/9/43.

Transferred 1944

Transferred VIII Air Force Support Command.

Transferred Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 1944

Transferred to 388BG Aphrodite & Azon duties at Knettishall.

Transferred Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10, UK 4 June 1944

Transferred to 487th BG Lavenham. 4/6/44.


Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 09:41:35 Al_Skiff Changes to events

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 23:08:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest

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