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493rd Bomb Group Museum

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The 493rd Bomb Group Museum is located on the site of the Debach airfield. For the latest information about the museum, go to:



  • Roy Colchester

    Roy was a young child when the Americans built their airfield at Mendlesham. When he wasn't at school he kept a record of the aircraft landing at Mendlesham. This is detailed and colourful! There are only 3 pages scanned in at the moment and these...

  • Reginald Holliday

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, thereafter Flight Control Officer | 100th Bomb Group
    Reg Holliday served as a co-pilot with the 418th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Thorpe Abbotts, England, Dec. 1943-May 1944. Upon completion of his combat service he was trained for Flight Control Officer duty and was assigned...


  • 43-38293 'Miss Green Bay'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 861BS/493BG Debach 9/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28...

  • 44-8156

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/6/44; Langley 24/7/44; Dow Fd 5/8/44; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-U] Thorpe Abbotts 7/8/44; Assigned next to 863BS/493BG, converted into a Pathfinder (PFF) plane. 44-8156 came to the 493rd BG in November 44, transferring from the 34th...


Date Contributor Update
14 May 2018 14:01:04 Lucy May Changes to history

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 17:31:13 usxpat Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and media associations