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A plaque at the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Ga. It is dedicated to the crew of B-17 Ramp Happy Pappy.



  • 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...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron


  • George Kenawell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    George Kenawell served as a tail gunner with the 861st Bomb Squadron of the 493rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Debach, England. One of the aircraft he flew in was B-17 43-38227.


  • 43-38227 Ramp Happy Pappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG [Q4-A] Debach 5/8/44; battle damaged Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Capt Ellis Woodward, Co-pilot: Bill Rawson, Navigator: Gordon Weir, Bombardier: Marvin Wright, Flight engineer...


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 16:00:37 Lucy May Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations

Shared with the American Air Museum by Keith Kenawell, son of George Kenawell.