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Harry M Stephey


Was commander of the squadron from '44 to '45
At college Harry had joined the ROTC. After Pearl Harbour he trained as an observer on O-52 and was then assigned to 79th Bomber Sqdn.flying DB-7s. In Miami the 79th was changed to and anti-submarine unit. After many moves and changes in role - and marriage to Betsy - he arrived at Metfield with the 491st, his first mission 4 June 1944, his last 25 March 1945. Harry was promoted Colonel 28 February 1947, and remained in the Reserve.

DFC, Air Medal w/3Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME medal w/5 battle stars, Dist. Unit Citation


Units served with

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Franklin City, Pennsylvania 30 June 1918


Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 10:25:16 Helen Changes to biography

Ringmasters Spring 2002

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:26 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000/self