UPL 23206


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B-17 43-38568 ditched in the River Deben, 20 February 1945. Eight out of the ten airmen on board perished. The first known crew to fly this aircraft after its arrival at Debach Aug 1944 was Lt Bracy who named her “Little Davey II” after his first born son, having named his previous command, a B-24 Liborator, “Little Davey”. Lt Bracy's crew flew at total of 35 missions, over Germany, 19 in Little Davey II, which included the month of November 1944 when the Mighty 8th Airforce lost around 200 aircraft and crews over enemy territory. Note the name was removed prior to the incident shown in the photograph


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The insignia of the 493rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Little Davey II
  • Unit: 493rd Bomb Group 861st Bomb Squadron 863rd Bomb Squadron


Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorJeff Coleman

Jeff Coleman

Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorDarren Jelley

corrections to spelling of aircraft name
493rd BG Archives

Date: 24 Aug 2016 14:32:33
ContributorLucy May

Shared with the American Air Museum by Jeff Coleman.