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43-38209

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/7/44; Kearney 18/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG Debach 3/4/44; Missing in Action Hamm 19/9/44 with Jake Laderman, Co-pilot: Walt Beriont, Navigator: Albt Wick, Bombardier: John Muzii, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Fox, Radio Operator: John Robbin, Ball turret gunner: Jim Cathcart, Waist gunner: Odell Bascom (8 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Clarry Smith (Prisoner of War); flak, #3 exploded, then aircraft blew up going down, crashed Oberhilbersheim, SE of Bingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10212.

Service

Units

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Odell Bascom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    flew with Lt Jacob Laderman crew. 18 combat missions flown. from original 493rd BG records Odell flew in various positions . shown as flight engineer or top turret on several missions , but primary role was as waist gunner. ...

  • Walter Beriont

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 September 1944 in AC #43-38209. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Cathcart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 September 1944 PH/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Raymond Fox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 September 1944 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Jacob Laderman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action on 19-Sep-44 in B-17 43-38209. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10212 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • John Muzii

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 September 1944 in B-17 #4338209.

  • John Robbin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 19 September 1944 in AC #4338209 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Clarence Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38209, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Albert Wick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action on 19-Sep-44 in B-17 43-38209. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10212 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10212 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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