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43-38107

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/44; Hunter 21/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; Missing in Action Osnabruck 21/11/44 with Llewellyn Baxter, Dick Edgar, Bill Cox, Dick Sipes, Bill Massey, Bill Jenkins, Merle Aderbach, Herman Schroeder (8 Prisoner of War); Americo Galle (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Enschede, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 10404.

Service

Units

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group were the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Merle Auerbach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in AC #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Llewellyn Baxter

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 near Encheda. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Cox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in AC #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Edgar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in B-17 #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Abraham Galfunt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in B-17 #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Americo Galle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Galle was murdered by the SS on 21 November 1944. His aircraft was hit by flak returning from a mission to Zwolle and the crew bailed out over the Netherlands. Galle was captured by the SS who imprisoned him in the basement of their headquarters, there...

  • William Jenkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in B-17 #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Massey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in B-17 #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Herman Schroeder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in B-17 #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Sipes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 November 1944 in B-17 #4338107. Prisoner of War (POW).

Places

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 21 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10404 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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