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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation during a practice mission. The aircraft, left to right are: (VE-O, serial number 41-107112) nicknamed "Sleepy Time Gal", (VE-N, serial number 43-37675) nicknamed "Patches (Flak Magnet)", (VE-K, serial number 42-106994) nicknamed "Little Guy" and (VP-S, serial number 42-97059) nicknamed "Marsha Sue". Image via Ian MacTaggart.



  • 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...


  • 42-106994 Little Guy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 18/2/44; Grenier 22/2/44; Assigned 532BS/381BG [VE-K] Ridgewell 3/4/44; Missing in Action 37+m Altenbeken 26/11/44 with Kyle Smith, Radio Operator: Lester Colson, Ball turret gunner: Gustavo Contreras (3 Killed in...

  • 42-97059 'Marsha Sue'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44;ass 457BG Glatton 12/2/44; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP- ] Ridgewell 15/3/44; 48m battle damaged Cologne 12/12/44 with Ruf; coll en route with 43-38986, sheared rudder off, force landed Belgium, sal 5/1/45;...

  • 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;...


  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 22:24:19 ChrisTennet Changes to caption and place associations

Airfield below formation is AAF Station 154 Gosfield

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:48 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection