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Standing: 2nd Lt James B Muise Navigator (PoW 5th Nov 1944) : 2nd Lt Donald J Fetters Co-Pilot (KIA 5th Nov 1944)
Capt Earl H Johnson Pilot (KIA 5th Nov 1944) : 2nd Lt John D McCombs Bombardier (KIA 5th Nov 1944)
S/Sgt Edward L Chernikh Engineer
Kneeling: Sgt John E Pitcher Nose Gunner (PoW 5th Nov 1944) : S/Sgt Frank J Zito Radio Operator (PoW 5th Nov 1944)
Sgt James P Locke Tail Gunner (transferred to 15th Air Force after tenth mission) : Sgt Dick W Skinner Waist Gunner (PoW 5th Nov 1944) : Sgt Alfred L Atkins Armorer Ball Gunner (PoW 5th Nov 1944)

Crew 36 in the 861st Bomb Squadron at McCook AAB April 1944

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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

  • Alfred Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Edward Chernikh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner

  • Donald Fetters

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359.

  • Earl Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359.

  • James Locke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • John McCombs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) 5 November 1944 in AC #4338359. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • James Muise

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Pitcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dick Skinner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Zito

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 5 November 1944 in B-17 #4338359. Prisoner of War (POW).

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2019 11:54:28 Darren Jelley Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2018 14:29:48 Jeff Coleman Changes to place associations
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Jeff Coleman

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2018 13:48:30 Jeff Coleman Changes to unit associations
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Jeff Coleman

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2018 15:14:07 Jeff Coleman Changes to person associations
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Jeff Coleman/Darren Jelley

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2018 15:04:22 Jeff Coleman Created entry with caption and person associations
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Jeff Coleman/Darren Jelley

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