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861st Bomb Squadron



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  • 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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Based Debach



  • Edward Abdulla

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Jessie Abell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Marvin Ackerman

    Military | Lieutenant | Squadron Engineering Officer | 493rd Bomb Group

  • John Adams

    Military | Corporal | Radio Mechanic, AAF, VHF Specialist | 493rd Bomb Group

  • John Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Owen Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Addkison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Floyd Addy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4440460. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Aiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 September 1944 in B-17 #4338225. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

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  • 41-29473 Bolicat

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 490th Bomb Group, 851st Bomb Sqdn

  • 42-52750

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down by Flak on the 14 June 1944 mission to Laon, France. Crashed near Steene (Nord Department), France. Pilot : Orville H. Brewer Jr; Co-Pilot Lothrop Caldwell; Navigator Wilfred N. Hansen; Bombardier Coleman C. Duncan; Radio Operator/Gunner...

  • 42-94745

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-94812 'Little Warrior'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fallersleben; flak hit holed fuel tanks/lines causing conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Crew Lt's J.H. Hansen, S.A...

  • 43-38107

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/44; Hunter 21/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; Missing in Action Osnabruck 21/11/44 with Llewellyn Baxter, Dick Edgar, Bill Cox, Dick Sipes, Bill Massey, Bill Jenkins, Merle Aderbach, Herman Schroeder (8...

  • 43-38225

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 5/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG [Q4-K] Debach 7/8/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 13/9/44 with Don Vandertill, Co-pilot: Abe Galfunt, Navigator: Fred Barish, Bombardier: Ed Colvin, Flight engineer/top...

  • 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...

  • 43-38232 Proud Pappy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Hunter 20/7/44; Grenier 1/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 3/8/44; 8612BS; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/44 with John Miller, Chas Steindorf, Dan Zimmerman, Bob Karlson, Luther Hackman, Bill Ford, Bill Burns (7 Killed...

  • 43-38307

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 11/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 3...

  • 43-38359

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/7/44; Kearney 3/8/44; Dow Fd 12/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 13/8/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Capt Earl Johnson, Don Fetters, John McCombs, Warren Marsh, Capt John Guzik obs, John Lewis photos (6 Killed in...

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Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:54:29 rossingtonj Changes to type

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Date Contributor Update
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)