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42-52750

B-24 Liberator

Shot down by Flak on the 14 June 1944 mission to Laon, France. Crashed near Steene (Nord Department), France. Pilot : Orville H. Brewer Jr; Co-Pilot Lothrop Caldwell; Navigator Wilfred N. Hansen; Bombardier Coleman C. Duncan; Radio Operator/Gunner Donald F. Miller; Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Walter Kuchinos; Ball Turret Gunner Charles P. Dye; Nose Gunner Herman Cohen; Right Waist Gunner William Wilson; Tail Gunner Francis M. Nine Jr. Nine men made prisoner (POWs); Sgt Herman Cohen, Killed In Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew report - MACR 5910

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

  • Orville Brewer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in AC #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lothrop Caldwell

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in AC 42-52750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Herman Cohen

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in AC #42-52750. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Coleman Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) on 14 June 1944. Stalag Luft III, Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIA ETO Ribbon/ POW Medal

  • Charles Dye

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wilfred Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Walter Kuchinos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donnell Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Francis Nine

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Wilson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

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
Crashed Steene, France, 7km South of Dunkerque/Dunkirk 14 June 1944

Shot down by Flak

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2015 21:39:42 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 5910
http://www.493bgdebach.co.uk

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2015 11:52:03 ED-BB Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5910

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5910 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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