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"Capt. Chapman and crew of the 381st Bomb Group beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Chap's Flying Circus' at 8th Air Force Station 167, Ridgewell, Essex County, England. 18 September 1943."



  • 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



  • 42-30029 Chap's Flying Circus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Frank Chapman, Dick Robinson, Bill Hodge, Wilson Cupp, Otha Frost, Edwin Myers, Ed Pope, John Wardell, Bill Richardson, Bob...


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01 May 2019 19:15:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations