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42-97511

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/12/43; Albuquerque 15/12/43; Kearney 4/1/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-K] Ridgewell 22/2/44; mid air coll with 42-40011 returning from Aschaffenburg 2/1/45 with Jim Smith, Co-pilot: Bill Dernberger, Navigator: Chas Soper, Bombardier: Bernie McCudden, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Peter Durban Jr, Radio Operator: Virgil Gray, Ball turret gunner: Don Wilson, Waist gunner: Ralph Campbell,Tail gunner: Walter Streich (9 Killed in Action); crashed near base; Salvaged 2 SAD Watton, Nfk. EGG HAID.

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Aircraft

  • 42-40011 'Schnozzle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 3/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-O] Ridgewell 22/1/44; mid-air coll with 42-97511 (381BG) peeling off over field on returning from Aschaffenberg 21/1/45, with Val Crofts, Co-pilot: Nicholas Tauro, Navigator:...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Campbell

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945.

  • William Dernberger

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • Peter Durban

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator/Airgunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • Virgil Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945 Buried at Pleasant View Cemetery Petersburg, Monroe County, Michigan, USA

  • Bernard McCudden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • James Smith

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945 Smith, J. E. Crew, Mid air o/base

  • Charles Soper

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

  • Walter Streich

    Military | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Smith, J. E. Crew, Cambridge AMC

  • Donald Wilson

    Military | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 21 January 1945

Places

  • 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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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2018 18:18:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and description
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-97511&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2018 17:41:08 Al_Skiff Changes to description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-97511&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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