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381st BGMA

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 four bomb squadrons, and the ground unit commands of the 432nd Air Service Group. Our 700+ members are comprised of 381st WWII veterans, their descendants, and friends of the 381st. The association celebrated their Reunion 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, 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.

Association History

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 was incorporated in the state of Wisconsin in 1994 and has nonprofit status granted by the IRS.  381st Veteran Joseph K. Waddell steered the association for over twenty years and remained actively involved with the Board of Directors until his death in 2015.

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 late Joe Waddell, past Association Secretary/Treasurer.

Group News

39th Reunion  

 August 26 - 30th, 2015
381st Reunion Detroit/Ypsilanti 


The 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association hosted their 39th consecutive reunion in Detroit/Ypsilanti Michigan Aug 26-30th, 2015.
Events started Weds Aug 26th, Welcome Reception through Banquet, Saturday Evening Aug 29th.  Ten WWII veterans attended and 63 overall attendees.

Details and photos to be posted over the next several days.