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Benjamin Franklin Averitt

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38223 Day's Pay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 18/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; so named as 51,000 employees of the Hanford Wks, Seattle, chipped in a day’s pay towards war effort; Assigned 34BG Mendlesham, transferred 862BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; (50+m) transferred 410BS...

  • 43-38228

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 34BG Mendlesham, transferred 493BG Debach 5/8/44; battle damaged Darmstadt 12/12/44 with ?; force landed Moelsbroek A/fd, Bel; Salvaged 2/1/45.

  • 43-38229 Better Duck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 1/45; with D.G. Helgeson force landed A-78 afb Florennes/Juzaine, Bel. 9/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45;...

  • 43-38253

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/7/44; Kearney 21/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; 863BS; Salvaged battle damaged 3/3/45. OLE RAMBLER.

  • 43-38282 Sweeney's Brats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Hunter 25/7/44; Dow Fd 7/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 8/8/44; transferred 338BS/96BG [BX-G] Snetterton 9/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 43-38305 The Passionate Peasant

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 29/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-C] Debach 11/8/44; caught fire on base when being cleaned to paint on nose art 11/3/45, Salvaged.

  • 44-6477

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 17/8/44; Dow Fd 3/9/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 8/9/44; transferred 832BS/486BG [3R-V] Sudbury, used to return POWs fron Linz, Aus; {25m} Returned to the USA Bradley 8/7/45; Sth Plains 11/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 44-8312

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 9/8/44; Midland 12/8/44; Grenier 19/9/44; Assigned 34BG Mendlesham, then 862BS/493BG Debach 23/9/44; transferred 836BS/487BG [2G-M] Lavenham 20/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/7/45; Independence 12/7/45; with Vince Pace in taxi...

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 6 February 1917

Born Feb 8 1817 Kaufman, Texas

Died 17 July 1997

Passed away July 1997 Duncan, Ok

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2015 18:28:42 Pudgey3 Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

From 493rd BG Historical Society records2015

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2015 18:10:17 Pudgey3 Changes to nickname and awards
Sources

From family records 2015

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2015 18:08:24 Pudgey3 Changes to events
Sources

Edited by Nephew Raymond Averitt from family records January 2015

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2015 18:03:30 Pudgey3 Changes to middlename
Sources

Edited by Nephew Raymond Averitt from family records January 2015

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / True, http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

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