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

For 381st memorial association members we now have a members only file section.

These items are all downloadable from the Files page:

  • Current editions of the Association Newsletter.  We hope to add back issues.
  • Microsoft Word versions of the command war diaries.
  • Image scans of 381st BG's Missing Air Crew Reports.  134 MACRs, consisting of 3,367 pages, for a total collection measuring 3.74GB.  Downloadable by individual MACR number.  Average MACR size is 20mb.
  • The group and squadron microfilm image scans.  8,807 frames/images for a total collection size of 1.22GB.  Downloadable by roll number.  Size varies from 55mb up to 380mb.

Additions pending

  • Association Directory - will be added soon
  • Data sets, probably in Excel format - long term project

How do you access the files section?

First, you must be an association member; either annual dues paying, or lifetime.  See the Association page to join if you haven't already.

Step 1. Register with the web site. 

Step 2. Submit your newly created account log in name, your first/last name, and your mailing address to the association secretary via the contact page.  DO NOT send your password.  We don't want to know it.

The web site will email you a confirmation message once you have been verified.  Then all you have to do is log in and go to the "Files" page which will now be visible to you.

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