Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G A/C #43-38115, 'Reluctant Lassie,' was hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away and exploded. 8 of the crew were Killed in Action (KIA), 1 Prisoner of War (POW). Target was Bielefeld, Germany. Crashed at 1415 hrs, near Wellenkotten. Debris hit A/C #43-38480, bringing it down with 7 Killed in Action (KIA) and 2 Prisoner of War (POW).
Stanton was married at the time of his death. His widow, Alta Jean Peterson Gage, remarried and died in 2005.
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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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Lincoln 14/7/44; Grenier 11/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-J] Debach 13/8/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld, Ger 30/9/44 with Dan Treece, Co-pilot: Jim Welsh, Bombardier: Stanton Gage, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie...
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...
||8 February 1922
||Dallas, TX, USA
||Am Wellenkotten, 33617 Bielefeld, Germany
||30 September 1944