Assigned to 2025th EAFFP – MOS 383, Firefighter Overseas Shipment No. 0885-EE, SO#252
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...
On 24 April 1944, two firefighters were killed when the aircraft they were flying crashed and burned a short distance from the fire station.
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...
|Enlisted||Springfield, MA, USA||16 January 1943|
|Lived in||Hampden County, MA, USA|
|19 April 2021 08:10:51||Darren Jelley||Changes to role, unit associations and place associations|
493rd BG Archives
|22 January 2017 19:28:17||usaeff||Changes to biography and events|
|27 September 2014 18:28:19||AAM||AAM ingest|