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  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb 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...


  • Earl Burnham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Haywood Deese

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer

  • George Durgin

    Military | Major | Pilot
    First mission was flown on D-Day. Flew B24's until August 1944, was then switched to B17's. Flew B-17 called 'Ulpy'. On mission to Madgeburg was hit by flak and forced to land in Brussels Belgium. Surprised that they had no wartime damage in city....

  • Frank Hancock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, collided with B-24 #42-94789, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. BT Sergeant. Tuohy listed as Prisoner of War (POW) on MACR. AM/ PH

  • Ray Higginbotham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • Ernest Kashouty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner & Waist Gunner

  • William Podolsky

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 863BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. George Durgin crew. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Alfred Rapisardi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Chester Reitknecht

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 863BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. George Durgin crew. 34 x combat missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Marvin Wunschel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    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...



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01 February 2018 11:29:27 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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