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 800+ members are comprised of 381st WWII veterans, their descendants, and friends of the 381st. The association celebrated their 37th annual reunion in 2013 and is scheduled to meet again in 2014 in Portland Oregon from Sept. 3 - 6, 2014..
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.