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Technical Sergeant Orville K. Whitcanack, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner, 493rd Bomb Group



  • 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...

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  • Orville Whitcanack

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Orville Whitcanack flew 32 combat missions with the 493rd BG, first with the Charles Hauge and then with the Kenneth Carney crews. Completing his tour with the Group on the 24th December 1944. He then made a transfer to the 482nd BG and was listed as...


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"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.