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43-38225

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 5/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG [Q4-K] Debach 7/8/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 13/9/44 with Don Vandertill, Co-pilot: Abe Galfunt, Navigator: Fred Barish, Bombardier: Ed Colvin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Dukowski, Radio Operator: Carl Fegely, Ball turret gunner: Lou Aiello, Waist gunner: Bob Pike,Tail gunner: Adolph Lamb (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Boerstadt, NE of Kaiserlautern, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8865.

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

  • Louis Aiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in B-17 #4338225. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Fred Barish

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in AC #4338225. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Colvin

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in B-17 #4338225. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Ben Dukowksi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Carl Fegely

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Abraham Galfunt

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

  • Adolph Lamb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in B-17 #4338225. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Pike

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in B-17 #4338225. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Donald Vandertill

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

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 13 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8865 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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