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Enver Charles Cury

Military

Enver Cury was Bombardier on board B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' of 401st Bomb Group / 615th Bomb Squadron on the 19-Jun-44 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Hit by Flak, the Fortress had one motor on fire, two other ones out of action, leaking oil. Cury and the 9 other crew members bailed out and all managed to evade. Cury landed near Lesparre-Médoc in the Gironde Department (France) and was helped by French citizens and Underground members and was liberated in Périgueux on 1 September 1944. Enver Cury's Escape & Evasion Report is E&E #1845. See his page at http://www.evasioncomete.be/fcuryec.html with links there to his evading comrades' individual pages.
Enver "Ed" Curry (sic) is quoted in "Ghosts: Vintage Aircraft in WW II" (1987) : "The Bombardier operated the chin turret in the B-17. Sitting there one felt terribly exposed. The nearest thing to it is the dream where you are walking down the road with no clothes on. That was what it felt like being there when the battle began. You knew that the glass around you wasn't worth ten cents for protection. The smallest round or fragment would go clean through it. The man at the front had the best view of what was going on, but he had to pay for it."
After his discharge from active duty in 1945, Enver C. Cury served in the Army Reserve. He authored the book "Time out for War" (Rainbow Press, Florida - 1988)
He earned the caterpillar pin for the parachute saving his life upon bailing out and the silver winged boot as a successful evader while in enemy territory.

Service

People

  • Joseph Acker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD). See the page with details about his evasion at...

  • Paul Courtad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Prisoner of War (POW) EVD MACR 6001 ...

  • Beryl Lemke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 - See the page with details about his...

  • Jack MacKey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 - See the page with details about his...

  • John Schaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001 ...

  • Frederick Shantz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001. Back in England on 17 August 1944. ...

  • William Trimble

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Crashed near Lesperre on 19-Jun-44 in B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home'. Evaded EVD. See the page with details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/ftrimblww.html ...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...

Missions

  • 423

    19 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. Nine hour mission. Shortly after retiring we were called again but mission was called off at briefing room.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States 23 March 1921

Son of Charles B. and Minnie G. Cury

Lived in Allentown, PA 1942
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 4 March 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Deenethorpe January 1944 – 19 June 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded Lesparre-Médoc, France 19 June 1944 – 1 September 1944

Helped by French citizens and Resistance members, he managed to evade capture and was back in England on 9 September 1944

Died Boca Raton, Florida, United States 11 October 1996

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 08:59:36 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

https://www.evasioncomete.be/fcuryec.html

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2022 07:31:27 ED-BB Changes to biography
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Updated www.evasioncomete.be website address

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2022 14:31:07 decwriter Changes to biography and awards
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Updated awards and bio section.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2021 09:53:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28653034
https://www.fold3.com/image/542522156
https://www.fold3.com/record/83766496/enver-c-cury-wwii-army-enlistment-...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=959

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 09:25:35 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Research for http://www.evasioncomete.org/fcuryec.html
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1845

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2014 19:35:07 call0031 Changes to biography
Sources

http://articles.mcall.com/1996-10-13/news/3124073_1_army-reserve-silver-...
http://www.amazon.com/Time-Out-For-War-Cury/dp/0425126579/ref=cm_cr_pr_p...

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2014 19:10:49 call0031 Changes to nickname and biography
Sources

Quotation from "Ghosts: Vintage Aircraft in WW II" (1987)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6001 / MACR 6001,

href="http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=959">http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=959> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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