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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 1/45; with D.G. Helgeson force landed A-78 afb Florennes/Juzaine, Bel. 9/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/12/45. BETTER DUCK.

40 combat missions flown with the 493rd BG from 8th September 1944. Last mission flown 14th February 1945. Transferred out of Group when 862nd BS reassigned for weather operations.

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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Benjamin Averitt

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

  • Benjamin Cummings

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Deshazo

    Military | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-2107154 'Puddles'

  • Donovan Helgeson

    Military | Lieutenant | 12/1943 - 3/1944 (Top Turret/Engineer); 2/1945 - 5/1945 (Pilot) | 95th Bomb Group

  • Lionel Sceurman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Suffered mechanical failure and crashed into English Channel inB-17 #448640

  • Delmar Schulz

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 863

    4 March 1945

  • 869

    7 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 875

    9 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 8th Air Force 926

    4 April 1945

  • 8th Air Force 928

    5 April 1945

  • 8th Air Force 931

    7 April 1945
    1,200 Heavies Hit Reich After 1-Day Nazi Air Bid ...

  • 8th Air Force 932

    8 April 1945

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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...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 10 July 1944
Assigned Debach Airfield, UK 4 August 1944

493BG
862BS
call "K" for 36 missions,
re-designated "W" for final 4

Assigned Horham Airfield, UK January 1945
Returned to the USA Bradley AAF, CT 24 June 1945
Force Landed A-78 Airfield, Florennes, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2021 08:19:32 Darren Jelley Changes to description
Sources

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2021 08:18:37 Darren Jelley Changes to description and events
Sources

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 01:34:13 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/267

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 01:30:39 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/267

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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