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Lieutenant Laverne M. Sedor and his crew at 493rd BG, Debach, England. Co-Pilot Laverne is back row, second from right



  • 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


  • Laverne Sedore

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Flew as crewmember on 'Taylor Made' piloted by Don W. Taylor.


  • 43-38395 Taylor Made

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 7/8/44; Dow FD 30/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 2/9/44; 862BG; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...


  • 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
01 May 2018 14:24:42 general ira snapsorter Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.