381st Bomb Group
Association History

The 381st Bomb Group welcomes you to the official 381st Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Association web site.  The 381st Bomb Group was a B-17 Flying Fortress unit based at Ridgewell, England, Station 167, as part of the mighty Eighth Air Force from 1943 to 1945.  The group flew in the 1st Combat Wing, First Air Division of the 8th Army Air Force.

The memorial association is for all elements of the 381st Bomb Group, its squadrons, and the commands of the 432nd Air Service Group. Our 750+ members are comprised of 381st WWII veterans, their descendants, and friends of the 381st.  The association celebrated their 38th annual reunion in 2014 and is scheduled to meet again in 2015 in Detroit/Ysilanti Michigan from Aug 26-30, 2015 marking the group's 39th consecutive reunion..


The association publishes a newsletter, holds well attended yearly reunions, regularly produces a membership directory, has an active forum, answers research questions via this web site, maintains an archive of photographs and 381st historical information, offers a college scholarship to 381st descendants, and much more.

The association was formed in 1977 at an Eighth Air Force Association reunion when six 381st BG veterans decided to try to find other group veterans and hold collateral meetings at the 8th AF reunions. They found about twenty other 381st BG veterans and held their first independent meeting at Hershey, PA, in 1978 with John Wierman as host.


T. Paxton "Pax" Sherwood was an driving force behind the early years of the association. The association has held annual reunions each year since 1978.

The association is incorporated in the state of Wisconsin and has nonprofit status granted by the IRS.

The purpose of the association is to encourage fraternal activities, foster patriotism and loyalty, maintain historical records, assist members of the association and their families, maintain allegiance to the United States, and to preserve and defend it from all enemies. - from the association constitution adopted in 1989.

- History of the Association, by Joe Waddell, past Association Secretary/Treasurer.

381st Bomb Group News
The 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association will host their 39th consecutive reunion in Detroit/Ypsilanti Michigan Aug 26-30th, 2015.  Weds Aug 26t...

[Read the rest of this article...]

The 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association will host their 38th consecutive reunion in Portland Oregon from Wednesday Sept 3 through Sat. Sept 6, 2014 ...

[Read the rest of this article...]

A PDF of the 1st Bomb Wing records, on microfilm, Roll B0878 has been added to the Members Section, microfilm page. It's roughly 170mb, 2,400 frames i...

[Read the rest of this article...]

Well, this was so much fun we're doing it again.  Part of the correction I employed on September 4th, broke our site search engine and a couple o...

[Read the rest of this article...]

Page 1 of 9First   Previous   [1]  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Next   Last