381st Bomb Group

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The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.

Object Number - FRE 5127 - The insignia of the 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 the second was awarded to the 1st Bomb Division as a whole for flying without fighter protection to bomb aircraft factories at Oschersleben on 11 January 1944.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group Headquarters (381st Bomb Group)
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group Headquarters (381st Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-21388
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group Headquarters (381st Bomb Group)
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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Ridgewell 1 July 1943 - 24 June 1945

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17146076
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 448th Sub-Depot
  • Service Numbers: 17057817
  • Role/Job: Sheet Metal

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Annie Freeze
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lil Skunk Face
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 381st Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 97th Bomb Group 327th Bomb Squadron 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Peggy D/ Little Rock-ette
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: My Devotion
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 533rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group

Mission

Revisions

Date13 Jul 2017 17:21:19
ContributorFrankM
Date14 Mar 2016 20:36:42
Contributorfairly docent
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no nicknames

Date14 Mar 2016 20:35:47
Contributorfairly docent
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Headquarters (381st Bomb Group)

Date14 Mar 2016 20:32:16
Contributorfairly docent
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Triumphant We Fly is the motto for the 381st BG

Date15 Aug 2015 05:40:39
ContributorShoebob
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From the history of the 381st Bomb Group website: http://www.381st.org/

Date18 May 2015 17:46:02
ContributorBagarre
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My grandfather's plane

Date10 Apr 2015 19:13:36
ContributorEMBLEMHUNTER
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my photo

Date27 Feb 2015 15:10:12
Contributorrossingtonj
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Type added

Date5 Oct 2014 13:52:34
ContributorChrisTennet
Date2 Oct 2014 13:36:37
ContributorChrisTennet
Date30 Sep 2014 22:33:26
ContributorChrisTennet
Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:45
ContributorAAM
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 / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / 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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