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B-17G-45-BO 42-97174 GD*H "Joanne" of 534th BS, 381st BG



  • 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


  • 42-97174 Joanne

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Nashville 19/2/44; Hunter 23/2/44; Grenier 17/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-P] Ridgewell 7/4/44; on Berlin mission 24/5/44 with John Williams was hit by debris from two colliding B-17s which burned off surface fabric of...


  • 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
27 September 2019 10:23:28 vppelt68 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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