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381st Bomber Group Ridgewell England WW2

Front Row : L to R
1. Pilot Leonard E. Zapenski (Zapinski) -Chicago Il POW
2. 2nd Pilot 2nd Lt Othmer G Widash (Widosh) - Los Angeles Ca
3. Nav --Dave Fuller POW
4. Bomb. 2nd Lt Robert Van Buskirk (Vanbuskirk) - San Diego Calif. POW
Standing L to R :
1. Eng. Sgt William E. Webb W. Palm Beach Fla
2. A. Eng Sgt Hamilton B. Harper Winston- Salem NC
3. Radio O. Sgt George J.Pastre Pasadena Ca POW
4. Sgt Peter Kudviavitz Jr. (Kudriavetz)Springfield Vt ENG
5 A. Arm Sgt James E. Wilson Hillsboro Oregon POW
6 (Not Shown) Cpl Donald A. Harness St Louis Mo POW



  • 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...


  • David Fuller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    November 1943 - May 1944. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 44-6025. Prisoner of War

  • Hamilton Harper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 44-6025. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Peter Kudriavetz

    Military | Waist Gunner
    March - June 1944. 45 missions in B-26s.

  • George Pastre

    Military | Radio Operator
    Zapinski, L. Crew, Luft IV

  • Robert Vanbuskirk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • William Webb

    Military | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer
    Zapinski, L. Crew

  • Othmer Widosh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    March - May 1944. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 44-6025. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

  • James Wilson

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner
    Zapinski, L. Crew

  • Leonard Zapinski

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Zapinski, L. Crew


  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 11:35:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption and person associations

Querying names as per 381st Bomb Group Website -

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2019 22:47:02 Created entry with collection and caption

Posted to by photo owner - me