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Personnel of the 381st Bomb Group talk about their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Martha" to visiting British tank drivers of the 55th Royal Armoured Corps. A censor has obscured the gun inside the aircraft's nose cone. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed as censored 1 Sep 1943.' [stamp] and '281608.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'BRITISH TANK MEN VISIT "FLYING FORTS". Men of the 55th Royal Armoured Corps, many of whom have fought in Libya with the 8th Army, were invited to an American Aerodrome "somewhere in Britain" to see the Flying Fortresses. Keystone Photo shows:- The R.A.C. men crowd around a Flying Fortress which has had many raids to its credit, while a menber of its air crew explains the machine to them. ABS/F.Keystone. 1,2,3,4, 4A.'



  • 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...


  • 42-29761 Martha II, Lucky Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43 RUTH L II (re-named LUCKY LADY); transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-W] Ridgewell 14/7/43; Missing in Action 28m Brunswick 30/1/44 with...


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 21:52:25 ChrisTennet Changes to caption and aircraft associations

381st Bomb Group aircraft list

Date Contributor Update
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