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"Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 8th Air Force flying toward the oil plant at Merseberg, Germany, 11/25/44, in one of the many attacks against Nazi oil sources. 381st Bomb Group."

Closest to camera is B-17G 'Patches' aka 'Flak Magnet' VE-N 43-37675 of 532nd BS 381st BG and unidentified MS coded 535nd BS Fortresses.



  • 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

    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...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron
  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37675 Flak Magnet, Patches

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/5/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-N] Ridgewell 10/6/44 PATCHES; 55+m battle damaged Neckarsulm 1/3/45 with Price; last sighted St Pol sur Ternoise, Fr, force landed France?; repaired & ret group;...


Date Contributor Update
26 September 2018 11:19:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations