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Edison W LaFlame


Killed in Action (KIA), 30 September 1944 in B-17G #43-38480. While en route to target at Bielefeld, Germany, a 500 lb bomb dropped by A/C in higher squadron struck B-17G #43-3815 (Reluctant Lassie) and debris struck this A/C setting left wing on fire. Crashed at about 1415 hrs at Wahmbeckerheide, about 15 miles SE of Bielefeld. Seven Killed in Action (KIA), 2 Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38480

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/8/44; Lincoln 18/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-S] Debach 13/9/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld 30/9/44 with Edison LaFlame, Co-pilot: Morris Levine, Navigator: Allen Austin, Bombardier: Vince O’Neill, Ball turret...

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...


Event Location Date
Buried 27 April 1944

Partial remains recovered in 1950. Burial date 27 April 1950.

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 30 September 1944

Bielefeld, Germany

Pre-war life

Edison was known as 'Gig' (short for giggles) to his family due to his ready laughter and his penchant for playful mischief. Prior to enlistment, he attended Penn State University on a full football scholarship after graduating from McKees Rocks High School near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.


Date Contributor Update
24 December 2021 19:24:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.
Changed the label for a Died event to “Killed in Action (KIA)” per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2018 17:49:38 callme_gig Changes to nickname and events

Tim LaFlame. Nephew of Edison W. LaFlame

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9430,">>; Losses of 8th AF, vol. 4