Marvin R Wunschel


Object Number - UPL 33582 - Staff Sergeant Marvin R. Wunschel, Waist Gunner, 493rd Bomb Group

Marvin Wunschel entered military service in January 1943, trained as a gunner and joined the 493rd Bomb Group in February 1944. Originally assigned to the George Durgin crew he was a member of the original air echelon and arrived at Debach in May 1944, flying his first combat mission on 11 June 1944. Marvin completed his 29th combat mission on 25th October 1944, and returned home to the US arriving on 26th November 1944. He was discharged in October 1945 when he returned to farming.

Air Medal 4 clusters


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Units served with

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


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 493rd Bomb Group 863rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12200984
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner & Ball turret gunner


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ulpy
  • Unit: 493rd Bomb Group 863rd Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date Description
Ida Grove, IA 51445, USA


Date13 May 2022 14:15:25
ContributorDarren Jelley

corrected biography
details from original 493rd BG reports

Date13 May 2022 11:16:10

Iowans of the Mighty Eighth

Date27 Sep 2014 18:19:48

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