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Enver Charles Cury


Enver Cury was Bombardier on board B-17 "Breezing Home" # 42-40002 of 401st Bomb Group / 615th Bomb Squadron on the 19 June 1944 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Hit by Flak, the Fortress had one motor on fire, two other ones out of action, leaking oil. Cury and the 9 other crew members bailed out and all managed to evade. Cury landed near Lesparre-Médoc in the Gironde Department (France) and was helped by French citizens and Underground members and was liberated in Périgueux on 1 September 1944. Enver Cury's Escape & Evasion Report is E&E #1845. See his page at with links there to his evading comrades' individual pages.
Enver "Ed" Curry (sic) is quoted in "Ghosts: Vintage Aircraft in WW II" (1987) : "The Bombardier operated the chin turret in the B-17. Sitting there one felt terribly exposed. The nearest thing to it is the dream where you are walking down the road with no clothes on. That was what it felt like being there when the battle began. You knew that the glass around you wasn't worth ten cents for protection. The smallest round or fragment would go clean through it. The man at the front had the best view of what was going on, but he had to pay for it."
After his discharge from active duty in 1945, Enver C. Cury served in the Army Reserve. He authored the book "Time out for War" (Rainbow Press, Florida - 1988)



  • Joseph Acker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Armstrong

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Lesperre on 6/19/44 in B-17 Breezing Home #4240002 Evader

  • Paul Courtad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Lesperre in B-17 Breezing Home #4240002 on 6/19/44 Evader

  • Beryl Lemke

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Jack MacKay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Lesperre on 19 June 1944 in B-17 Breezing Home 42-40002. Evader.

  • John Schaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Lesperre on 6/19/44 in B-17 Breezing Home #4240002 Evader

  • Fred Shantz

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Lesperre on 6/19/44 in B-17 Breezing Home #4240002 Evader

  • Edward Tracey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 June 1944 in B-17 #4240002 'Breezing Home. ' Evaded for two months, then was captured and became a Prisoner of War (POW). Moved to a hospital by the Luftwaffe and a few weeks later was freed by the French who liberated the town. Released...

  • William Trimble

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Lesperre on 6/19/44 in B-17 Breezing Home #4240002 Evader

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...


  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, United States 23 March 1921

the son of Charles B. and Minnie G. Cury

Lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States 1942
Enlisted Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 4 March 1942
Evaded France 19 June 1944 – 1 September 1944

Helped by French citizens and Resistance members, he managed to evade capture and was back in England on 9 September 1944

Died Boca Raton, Florida, United States 11 October 1996


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 09:25:35 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Research for
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1845

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2014 19:35:07 call0031 Changes to biography

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2014 19:10:49 call0031 Changes to nickname and biography

Quotation from "Ghosts: Vintage Aircraft in WW II" (1987)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6001 / MACR 6001,

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