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 Air Force, United States Army Air Forces.

4 Oct 2017

RECAP: 381ST REUNION Sept 27-Oct 1, 2017 NEW ORLEANS

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The 41st reunion of the 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association was held with the Eighth Air Force Historical Society again this year.  Reunion dates extended Wednesday September 27 through Sunday October 1, 2017.  Thirty six association members attended including five of our WWII 381st BG Veterans: Jack Goldstein, Herb Kwart, Stu Newman, Lew Perrone, and Leonard Spivey.  We had the second largest bomb group contingents among the 517 attending the 8th AFHS overall.

 

The group spent two days touring the National WWII Museum which had several 381st veteran contributions including photos and quotations features by Leonard Spivey, Elmer Wulfe, and Harold Henslin (KIA).  We split up on Saturday with part of the group on a City Tour of New Orleans and the other on a Plantation Tour.  The group held the annual remembrance for the 619 killed in action and those veterans who had passed away since the 2016 reunion.  Our final event was a banquet dinner under the aircraft at the National WWII Museum.  We welcomed several new members to our reunion ranks including two new members from France, Daniel Carras and Eric L.  We wrapped up another very enjoyable week of fellowship and plans were made to meet again with the 8th AFHS in Dayton Ohio from Oct 10-14.  Details to be released after February 2018.  Questions: kevinwilson@381st.org

 

 

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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.

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