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A group of soldiers from the training regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps looks at the bombing mission markings on the Boeing B-17 'Martha II' Of The 381st Bomb Group during their visit to the USAAF base at Bovingdon, England. 29 August 1943. - B-17F 42-29761 "Martha the II" (VP-W 533rd BS, 381BG, 8AF. Completed 28 missions.



  • 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...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29761 Martha II, Lucky Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43 RUTH L II (re-named LUCKY LADY); transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-W] Ridgewell 14/7/43; Missing in Action 28m Brunswick 30/1/44 with...


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29 September 2017 11:32:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations