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Capt.Earl W Reynolds and the enlisted men on his crew Debach 1945



  • 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...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron


  • Marvin Christian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer

  • James Dolan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • Donald Fauls

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • William Fincher

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Newton Galloway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Louis Hausrath

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator

  • James McCabe

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Earl Reynolds

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    After service in the US as an Operations Officer, Earl was assigned, with his crew, to the 493rd BG in March 1945. He flew 7 combat missions and participated in the Operation Chowhound food drops to Holland.

  • Fred Zurbuchen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Fred Zurbuchen flew 6 combat missions as waist gunner with the Capt. Earl Reynolds crew, whilst at Debach with the 493rd BG. Assigned to the Group as a Corporal on March 14th 1945, serving with the 861st Bombardment Squadron. He was promoted to the...


Date Contributor Update
30 May 2018 06:47:55 Darren Jelley Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

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