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42-31570 VP*W flying in formation, early 1944



  • 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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31570 'Lucky Me'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 18/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-W] Ridgewell 2/2/44; Missing in Action 65m Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Oscar Gills, Co-pilot: Chas Prenatt, Navigator: Don Adams, Bombardier: Bill...


  • 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...


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09 April 2020 13:48:01 vppelt68 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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