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43-38359

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 12/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 13/8/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Capt Earl Johnson, Don Fetters, John McCombs, Warren Marsh, Capt John Guzik obs, John Lewis photos (6 Killed in Action); Jim Muise, Frank Zito, Alf Atkins, Dick Skinner, John Pitcher tg (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Viernheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10340.

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

  • Alfred Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Donald Fetters

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359.

  • John Guzik

    Military | Captain | Group Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in AC #4338359 AM/ PH

  • Earl Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359.

  • John Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Photographer | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in AC #4338459. AM/ PH

  • Warren Marsh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in AC #4338359. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John McCombs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in AC #4338359. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • James Muise

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Pitcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dick Skinner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

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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 5 November 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10340 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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