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"A lone Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" of the 381st Bomb Group wings its way to attack an enemy installation in Europe. As it floats majestically along over fleecy clouds it is not alone; there are more - many more - above, behind and in front of it."

- 42-97330 named "Chug-A-Lug" Assigned 535th BS, 381st BG.



  • 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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97330 'CHUG-A-LUG IV'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/44; Hunter 9/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 24/4/44; Missing in Action 33+m Hamburg 6/11/44 with Julius Levitoff, tog-Joe Ward, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alf Kreutz, Radio Operator: Gil...


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 18:02:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations