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Ridgewell Airfield Memorial

Connections

Units

  • 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...

People

  • Ervin Bohlander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Radio Operator, Withers crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS, 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B-17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Re-interred in the Zachary Taylor National...

  • Guy McDuffee

    Military | Corporal | Armorer
    Corporal, Armorer, 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. KIS 23 June 1943 when bombs loaded into B17 #42-30024 "Caroline" exploded. 23 members of the 533rd BS and one civilian were killed. Buried in the Brookwood Cemetery. Reinterred in the Zachary Taylor...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2019 18:45:25 stardawn Changes to collection and unit associations
Sources

Private collection

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2019 17:18:19 stardawn Created entry with caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

Private collection

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