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43-38293

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45. MISS GREEN BAY.

This aircraft made several deep penetration missions, including at least (2) to bomb targets in Czechoslovakia before the war ended. Crew Chief, Master Sergeant Elmer Viliesse of Green Bay, WI named the aircraft and kept it in the air for a total of 55 missions, including 27 in a row without mechanical failures.

Service

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...

  • 863rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Harris

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Jack Rude

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    In 1942 at age 18, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. During a training mission over California, survived with the entire crew the crash landing of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator. From Debach, England, from October 1944 through April 1945, as a 493rd...

  • Elmer Villiesse

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 493rd Bomb Group
    Crew Chief, Master Sergeant Elmer Villiesse of Green Bay, WI named B-17 43-38293 'Miss Green Bay' and kept it in the air for a total of 55 missions, including 27 in a row without mechanical failures.

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...

  • 493rd Bomb Group Museum

    Other location

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2020 21:31:37 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Changed quotes around the nickname.

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2017 19:31:56 jacrandell22 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Verbal description from tail gunner, Jack Rude.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2017 11:10:39 Lucy May Changes to person associations
Sources

Added connection to crew chief's record.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2017 07:33:54 jacrandell22 Changes to description
Sources

Crew Chief and mission count information from Neville Public Museum website, Green Bay, WI.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2017 06:56:25 jacrandell22 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Assembly block, MFR info from "B-17 Flying Fortress in detail and scale." - Lloyd, Moore

Missions and aircraft markings from my friend, Jack Rude who was the Tailgunner on this aircraft.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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