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Ralph Burbridge


Flew on the B-17 'All-American' Plane - a picture of it was one of the most famous of WW II where the German fighter almost cut it in half.

see: http://b-townblog. com/2012/09/21/local-b-17-Bombardier-recalls-wing-and-a-prayer-mission-on-the-all-american/


Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24406 'All American'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Bangor 13/7/42; transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; Maison Blanche, Alg. 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg. 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg. 25/12/42; on Tunis mission was rammed by Me109G 1/2/43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tail of plane off; made...

  • 41-9021 Big Bitch/ Hangar Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...


Event Location Date
Born Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, USA 19 February 1920
Died Des Moines, King County, Washington, USA 3 March 2013
Buried Kent, King County, Washington, USA 28 June 2013

Tahoma National Cemetery
Section B Row A site 61


Date Contributor Update
27 February 2021 19:17:50 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added an association to A/C #41-9021 per info with the media "UPL 39759".

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 15:44:46 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "the" was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 15:41:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Updated the Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 113840837.
Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 15:29:35 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added an association to the 8th AF Bomber Command Mission #1 for 17 Aug 1942 per info in the book "The Allies Strike Back" by James Holland on page 277.

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2019 19:26:24 jmoore43 Changes to highest rank and events

Added birth, death & burial events & rank per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 113840837.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:43 AAM AAM ingest

97th Bomb Group Association, Inc., Roster - June 1, 2000 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia