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43-38232

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Hunter 20/7/44; Grenier 1/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 3/8/44; 8612BS; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/44 with John Miller, Chas Steindorf, Dan Zimmerman, Bob Karlson, Luther Hackman, Bill Ford, Bill Burns (7 Killed in Action); Jose Gonzales, Harry Kellermeyer (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10769. PROUD PAPPY.

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

  • William Burns

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • William Ford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Luther Hackman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Robert Karlson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Harold Kellermeyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Charles Steindorf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Daniel Zimmerman

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Pilot was John M. Miller AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

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 25 November 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10769 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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