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43-38480

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/8/44; Lincoln 18/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-S] Debach 13/9/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld 30/9/44 with Edison LaFlame, Co-pilot: Morris Levine, Navigator: Allen Austin, Bombardier: Vince O’Neill, Ball turret gunner: Tom Bingman, Waist gunner: Joe Malloy, Tail gunner: John Jupinko (7 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Ortlip, Radio Operator: Jack Glide (2 Prisoner of War); hit by debris from #43-38115 (493BG), crashed Wahnbeckerheide, SE of Bielefeld, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9430.

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Aircraft

  • 43-38115 Reluctant Lassie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Lincoln 14/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-J] Debach 13/8/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld, Ger 30/9/44 with Dan Treece, Co-pilot: Jim Welsh, Bombardier: Stanton Gage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie...

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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

  • Allen Austin

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in B-17G #43-38480. While enroute to target at Bielefeld, Germany, 500 lb bomb dropped by a/c in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this a/c setting left wing on fire....

  • Thomas Bingman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38480, Killed in Action (KIA). While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C setting left wing...

  • Jack Glide

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 September in B-17 #43-38480, Prisoner of War (POW. While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C setting left wing on...

  • John Jupinko

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in A/C #43-38480. A/C was hit by the blast and debris from A/C #115, flying #7 position, low element. The latter A/C had been hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group,...

  • Edison LaFlame

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), 30 September 1944 in B-17G #43-38480. While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C setting left wing on fire....

  • Morris Levine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in B-17G #43-38480. While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C setting left wing on fire....

  • Joseph Malloy

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in B-17G #43-38480. While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C, setting left wing on fire....

  • Vincent O'Neill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38480. ...

  • Howard Ortlip

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38480. Prisoner of War (POW). While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C setting left wing...

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 30 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 19:15:49 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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