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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/7/44; Kearney 16/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Dow Fd 5/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG [Q4-R] Debach 4/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Alf Goodman, Co-pilot: George Otto, Navigator: Martin Berscht, {no bom}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Norgaard, Radio Operator: Joe Frager, Waist gunner: Bob Clegg (6 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Carol Cheek,Tail gunner: Joe Groff (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KO’d many controls, then fire in gas tanks, crashed Wackersleben, N of Halberstadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8864.



  • 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


  • Martin Bertsch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Carol Cheek

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

  • Robert Clegg

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

  • Joseph Frager

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

  • Alfred Goodman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Joseph Groff

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

  • Henry Norgaard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 43-38214, Prisoner of War.

  • George Otto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 43-38214. Prisoner of War (POW).


  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 September 1944


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8864 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database