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Fred G Zurbuchen

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Fred Zurbuchen flew 6 combat missions as waist gunner with the Capt. Earl Reynolds crew, whilst at Debach with the 493rd BG. Assigned to the Group as a Corporal on March 14th 1945, serving with the 861st Bombardment Squadron. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant prior to flying his first mission on the 30th March when the Earl Reynolds crew flew to Hamburg, Germany. Their 6th and final mission, flown to Aussig, Czechoslovakia took place on the 19th April 1945. Fred was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on the 30th April 1945.
Capt. Earl Reynolds and his crew then participated in 2 x "Operation Chowhound" food drop missions to Holland in the first week of May 1945.

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People

  • Marvin Christian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 493rd Bomb Group

  • James Dolan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Donald Fauls

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • William Fincher

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Newton Galloway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Louis Hausrath

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group

  • James McCabe

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group

  • Earl Reynolds

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    After service in the US as an Operations Officer, Earl was assigned, with his crew, to the 493rd BG in March 1945. He flew 7 combat missions and participated in the Operation Chowhound food drops to Holland.

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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...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2021 21:08:10 Darren Jelley Changes to role and biography
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updated biography information

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 12:44:21 Darren Jelley Changes to biography
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493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 12:34:00 Darren Jelley Changes to biography
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493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 12:33:05 Darren Jelley Changes to biography
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493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 11:24:36 Darren Jelley Changes to role, biography and media associations
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493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2020 21:21:51 Darren Jelley Changes to person associations
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crew listing from records held by the 493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 20:44:06 kathryn53024 Changes to role
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I am his granddaughter, he was A B-17 ball turret gunner, not a waist gunner, thank you!

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2018 07:04:56 Darren Jelley Changes to highest rank and media associations
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493rd BG archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:18 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php

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