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"Lockheed P-38 Lightnings Darting In And Out Of The Formation Was A Familiar And Welcome Sight To The Crews Of The 381St Bomb Group Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses En Route To Bomb Enemy Installations In Europe."

- Looks to be B-17G 42-37754 and B-17F 42-30732, also unidentified B-17F of 534BS, 381BG, 8AF.



  • 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...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30732

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/7/43; Geiger 6/8/43; Pendleton 7/8/43; crash landed Prestwick, Scotland with Eugene Boyd 13/9/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-B] Ridgewell 26/9/43; 7m on non-op ferry trip with personnel to Lt Staughton Depot 3/2/42, with Harold...

  • 42-37754 Who Dat - The Dingbat!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/8/43; Assigned 534BS/381 BG [GD-K] Ridgewell 20/9/43; on 9th mission Rheims 28/3/44 with Dan Henry, Co-pilot: Bob Chrisler, Navigator: Fred Beardsworth, Bombardier: Rudi Jaciak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sebastian Quaresma,...


Date Contributor Update
22 April 2018 09:01:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations