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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6 July 1944; Kearney 16 July 1944; Dow Field 3 August 1944. Assigned 860BS/493BG Debach 4 August 1944. Flown by Pilot Lt Henry A. Johnson. Assigned later to 863BS. Returned to the USA Bradley 7 July 1945. At 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas on 8 July 1945. To Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman, Arizona 19 December 1945. First named "$1.98" by Pilot Johnson, later renamed "Nancy Lee" for his baby daughter.



  • 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...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • Henry Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    A 1937 graduate of the Maine Township High School at Park Ridge, Illinois, Henry Johnson was a studio merchandise manager for the Montgomery Ward catalog company before enlisting in the Air Corps in December 1942. Trained in advanced flying at Freeman...


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
26 June 2016 10:41:38 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Link to Pilot Henry A. Johnson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log