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43-38297

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 27/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG Debach 10/8/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 3/3/45 with Chas White, Walter Helm, Jim Gunderson, George Lemberling, Marvin Knight, Fred Graf, Loren Arment, Doyle Whitney, Bob Boatman (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Apelern, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 12887.

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...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Loren Arment

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in B-17 #4338297. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Boatman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in AC #4338297. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frederick Graf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in B-17 43-38297. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Gunderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in B-17 #4338297. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Walter Helm

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in B-17 #4338297. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Marvin Knight

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner & Flight Engineer | 493rd Bomb Group
    Crashed at Apelern on 3 Mar 45 in B-17 #4338297. Prisoner of War (POW) until the end of the war

  • George Lemberling

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in B-17 #4338297. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles White

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Doyle Whitney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 March 1945 in B-17 #4338297. 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) Germany 3 March 1945

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12887 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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