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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 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.

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 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.

Group News

Reunion Registration 

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

Cutoff Date For Registration was 7/24/15.  Online registration is closed. For late registrations, you must now mail reunion registration form with payment directly to Armed Forces Reunions.   Hotel reservations and reunion tours now subject to available spaces only.                                                                    

The 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association will host their 39th consecutive reunion in Detroit/Ypsilanti Michigan Aug 26-30th, 2015.
Events start Weds Aug 26th, Welcome Reception through Banquet, Saturday Evening Aug 29th.  

We are planning visits to Yankee Air Museum and Henry Ford Greenfield Village together with a city tour.  We will attend the Thunder Over Michigan Airshow 2015 and view the Yankee Lady B-17 flying with 381st BG insignia together with our other reunion activities.

Reunion registration, hotel form, and full schedule/tour details have been mailed to all association members.  If you need forms, contact Reunion Chair Kevin Wilson at wilsonkvn@aol.com or KevinWilson@381st.org. 

Come honor our current and past 381st veterans and enjoy the fellowship of this extraordinary group of WWII veterans and their descendants.