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Jack Rude, from December of 1944 through April of 1945, served as 493rd Bomb Group , 863rd Bomb Squadron B-17 Flying Fortress tail gunner based in Debach, England.

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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

Aircraft

  • 43-38271 Big Buster

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Hunter 25/7/44; Dow Fd 7/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 8/8/44; Missing in Action Mainz 13/1/45 with Norman Lamoreaux, Sam Gordon, Tom Tucker, Ralend Rhodes, Dick Pearce, Irving Weiss (6 Killed in Action); Doug Carlock,...

  • 43-38293 'Miss Green Bay'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28...

  • 43-38366 Flak Flirter

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 10/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 13/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14...

Locations

  • 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...

  • 493rd Bomb Group Museum

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 00:15:08 Richard Warner Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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