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B-17 Flying Fortresses, (GD-P, serial number 44-6163), (VP-V, serial number 43-37791) and (VP-S,serial number 42-97059) nicknamed "Marsha Sue" of the 381st Bomb Group are escorted by a P-51 Mustang of the 355th Fighter Group during a practice mission. Written on slide casing: 'B-17s Flf 42299.'



  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 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...


  • 42-97059 'Marsha Sue'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44;ass 457BG Glatton 12/2/44; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP- ] Ridgewell 15/3/44; 48m battle damaged Cologne 12/12/44 with Ruf; coll en route with 43-38986, sheared rudder off, force landed Belgium, sal 5/1/45;...

  • 43-37791

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 18/6/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-V] Ridgewell 28/6/44; battle damaged Cologne 18/12/44 with Pearce; force landed continent; Salvaged 5/1/45.

  • 44-6163 'Passaic Warrior'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-P] Ridgewell 28/6/44; 71+m Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; Sth Plains 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45....


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:30:11 AAM AAM ingest

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