Skip to main content

Col. Elbert Helton
Commanding Officer 493rd BG 1st November 1943 - 15th February 1945



  • 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...

  • Headquarters (493rd Bomb Group)


  • Elbert Helton

    Military | Colonel | Group Commanding Officer
    He led the 493rd BG to the target at Coblenz on 11 Nov. 44 493rd Group known as "The Fighting 493rd"


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 12:06:44 Darren Jelley Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

493rd BG Museum archives