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Technical Sergeant William Clay Toombs,Flight Engineer and Gunner, Airplane Mechanic Gunner, Airplane Engine Mechanic, 493rd Bomb Group.



  • 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...

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  • William Toombs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer and Gunner, Airplane Mechanic Gunner, Airplane Engine Mechanic
    Bill Toombs enlisted in the Army Air Corps, aged 18, in 1942. ‘In a way it was an adventure, because it was a chance to go somewhere and see something different,’ Bill recalled. ‘I would never have gone overseas to England, probably never would have...


Date Contributor Update
15 August 2018 11:32:24 Emily Changes to collection and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
14 August 2018 10:38:35 general ira snapsorter Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations

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