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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group line up for take off at Ridgewell. B-17 (serial number 42-97882) leads the line up. Printed caption on reverse: '65330 USAF - Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the 381st Bomb Group line up in preparation for take-off on bombing mission somewhere over enermy installations, 534th Bomb Squadron area in background, and 533d Bomb Squadron area in foreground. England U.S. Air Force Photo. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO 1361st Photographic squadron Aerospace Audio-Visual Service (MAC).' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Ridgewell.'



  • 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


  • 42-97882

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 23/3/44; Kearney 20/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-K] Ridgewell 4/6/44; {81+m} Salvaged 14/6/45.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:02 AAM AAM ingest

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