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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 26/6/44; Langley 24/7/44; Dow Fd 5/8/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-U] Thorpe Abbotts 7/8/44; Assigned next to 863BS/493BG, converted into a Pathfinder (PFF) plane. 44-8156 came to the 493rd BG in November 44, transferring from the 34th BG, as
one of the PFF radar equipped aircraft. The 493rd had also flown her on 4
missions whilst she was being looked after by the 34th BG, which was one of the
earliest radar equipped Pathfinder Groups in the wing. The first mission listing
with 44-8156 with the 493rd was Merseburg on the 7th October 1944. 44-8156 remained with the 493rd until the end to include flying all 6 of the Chowhound missions. Credited in total with 23 missions with the 493rd per unit history. RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 20/12/45.



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    100th Bomb Group

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  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

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  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
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  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • 493rd Bomb Group Museum

    Other location


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Date Contributor Update
28 February 2019 01:41:03 Randyhol Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and place associations

Randy Holliday, son of Lt. Reg C. Holliday, co-pilot with 418BS/100th BG, and Flight Control Officer with 439BG/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:56 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log