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B-24J-155-CO #44-40380 "Kentucky Kloudhopper"
493rd BG - 861st BS
This was the original a/c flown by Capt. Vernon Alexander who is from Lexington, KY.
Flew 3 combat missions with the 493rd BG before being transferred to the 803rd BS (Composite) and thence to the RAF 100 Group



  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb 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...

  • 803rd Bomb Squadron
  • 861st Bomb Squadron



  • 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...

  • Oulton

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station at which lodged the 803rd Bomb Squadron (P) and later the 36th Bomb Squadron (H) in 1944. Radio Countermeasures detachments also used nearby RAF Foulsham in 1944-45.


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2018 19:02:11 Darren Jelley Changes to caption, unit associations and place associations

correction to aircraft serial number
493rd BG archives

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2017 17:13:32 Darren Jelley Changes to caption

amended aircraft serial number - 493rd BG Museum archives

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 20:09:09 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

Chris Brassfield