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George E Kenawell


George Kenawell served as a tail gunner with the 861st Bomb Squadron of the 493rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Debach, England. One of the aircraft he flew in was B-17 43-38227.


Units served with

  • 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


  • 43-38227 Ramp Happy Pappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG [Q4-A] Debach 5/8/44; battle damaged Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Capt Ellis Woodward, Co-pilot: Bill Rawson, Navigator: Gordon Weir, Bombardier: Marvin Wright, Flight engineer...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 1921
Lived in Blair County, PA, USA October 1942
Enlisted Altoona, PA, USA 3 October 1942


Date Contributor Update
17 March 2017 16:17:15 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Correspondence with George Kenawell's son, Keith.

Also NARA enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:51 AAM AAM ingest

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