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44-6968

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 3/1/45; Grenier 15/1/45; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 22/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; Sth Plains 4/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45.

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

  • Richard Branch

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions with Schmitt Crew

  • Lloyd George

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions with Schmitt Crew

  • Theodore Gill

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions with Schmitt Crew q

  • John Hutchinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot on Ken Harms' crew of 'Ole Rambler' Also flew on 'Son of a Blitz'

  • John Kilbane

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Son Of A Blitz' with the Schmitt crew for 35 missions

  • Wesley Kimball

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 34 combat missions with the William Wurtz Crew.

  • Edward King

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions with Schmitt Crew

  • Leonard Ronan

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Donald Schmitt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions, flew 21 of these on B17G #44-6968 Plane was named 'SONOF-A-BLITZ'.

  • Jack Witt

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions with Schmitt Crew

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Missions

  • 821

    6 February 1945

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 832

    15 February 1945

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 843

    23 February 1945

  • 849

    26 February 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 854

    28 February 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 863

    4 March 1945

  • 869

    7 March 1945

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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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 15:17:22 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated missions and people previously wrongly associated to UPL 26178

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2017 00:57:32 Win Bryson Changes to media associations
Sources

U. S. National Archives Still Pictures Branch image

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2017 17:14:05 Darren Jelley Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, aircraft associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

493rd BG Museum archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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