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43-38115

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Lincoln 14/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-J] Debach 13/8/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld, Ger 30/9/44 with Dan Treece, Co-pilot: Jim Welsh, Bombardier: Stanton Gage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Barton, Radio Operator: Theo Tourtellott, Ball turret gunner: Carroll Moss, Waist gunner: Enrico Spatarella,Tail gunner: Carrel Stamps (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Artemon Johnson (Prisoner of War); hit by bomb from aircraft above, crashed Wellenkotten, near Bielefeld, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9429. RELUCTANT LASSIE.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-38480

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/8/44; Lincoln 18/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-S] Debach 13/9/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld 30/9/44 with Edison LaFlame, Co-pilot: Morris Levine, Navigator: Allen Austin, Bombardier: Vince O’Neill, Ball turret...

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Units

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was 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 Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ernest Barton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 7 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA) or Missing in Action (MIA), 2...

  • Stanton Gage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 8 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA), 1 Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Artemon Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 7 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA) or Missing in Action (MIA), 2...

  • Carroll Moss

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in B-17 #4338115 'Reluctant Lassie. '

  • Enrico Spatarella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Missing in Action (MIA), presumed Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 8 of crew was Killed in Action ...

  • Carrel Stamps

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 8 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA), 1 Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Theodore Tourtellott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 8 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA), 1 Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Daniel Treece

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in AC #43-38115. The aircraft was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an aircraft flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 7 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA) or Missing in Action ...

  • James Welsh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C # 43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 7 of crew was Killed in Action (KIA) or Missing in Action (MIA), 2...

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) Germany 30 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9429 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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