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863rd Bomb Squadron

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  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group were 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...

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Stations

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Based Debach

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People

  • Stanley Abraham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Fernando Acosta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    On 14 January 1945, B-17 44-8314 'Paradise Kid' landed in Sweden, mechanical failure. Crew interned in Sweden.

  • Brooks Adkins

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

  • Jean Aiton

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

  • Thomas Akens

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Milton Albrecht

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • James Albritton

    Military | Sergeant | Decontaminating Equipment Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Isaac Alexander

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Alex Alford

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in AC #4338098. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Allen

    Military | Private First Class | Airplane Armorer | 493rd Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 43-38098

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/6/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6-L] Debach 4/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Jim Kittleson, Co-pilot: Homer Duncan, Navigator: Max Kettef, Ball turret gunner: Bill Lamkin (4 Prisoner...

  • 43-38190 Sweet Sue

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/7/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; slight mid-air collision with 43-38244, force landed Orfordness, Sfk., with Beverley Davis 15/1/45; battle damaged Nurnberg 25/2/45 with ?; force landed...

  • 43-38242

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/7/44; Hunter 20/7/44; Dow Fd 2/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Henry Sherman, Al Janulis, Paul O’Connell, Walt Flaherty, Ray Fisher, Harry Koerner, Carl Hultman, Bob Smead, Doug...

  • 43-38261

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/7/44; Kearney 24/7/44; Grenier 6/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 8/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Albt Tucker, Larry Deats, Ken Evans, John Hewitt, Harry Puetz, Gerard Frost, Jim McLaughlin, Harry Lane (8 Killed...

  • 43-38264

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Hunter 22/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6- ] Debach 4/8/44; detailed Magdeburg 12/9/44 with ? , Ball turret gunner: Don Gray (Killed in Action), p landed in Belgium to get Gray to hospital ASAP but he died...

  • 43-38271 Big Buster

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/7/44; Hunter 25/7/44; Dow Fd 7/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 8/8/44; Missing in Action Mainz 13/1/45 with Norman Lamoreaux, Sam Gordon, Tom Tucker, Ralend Rhodes, Dick Pearce, Irving Weiss (6 Killed in Action); Doug Carlock,...

  • 43-38284 Straighten Up and Fly Right, Level Up and Fly Right - The Rock

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 15/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 22/8/44 STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Bob Prochwit, Harvey Walter, Ashley Ivey, Leon Pogue, Ersel Hall, Albt Cobb, John...

  • 43-38293 "Miss Green Bay"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28...

  • 43-38295

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 27/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG [G6-S] Debach 10/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Chas Spencer, Co-pilot: Dawson Watters, Ball turret gunner: Norman Carter,Tail gunner: Vernon Van Dinter ...

  • 43-38298

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG [G6-D] Debach 10/8/44; Missing in Action Koblenz 19/9/44 with Capt Bill Holman, Navigator: John Stimek (2 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elmer...

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Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:54:41 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)

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