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43-38308

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 29/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-A] Debach 11/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Capt Wes Carter, Co-pilot: Ivan Briggs, Radio Operator: Bob Bandfield, Waist gunner: Ernie Musser,Tail gunner: Kasper Simms (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Jim Nichols, Bombardier: Henry Francis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Len Banther, Ball turret gunner: Matt McAda, Obs-Maj Bob Colligan (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Ottersleben, SW of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8868.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leonard Banther

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38308, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ivan Briggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338308. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wesley Carter

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338308. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Robert Colligan

    Military | Major | Pilot; Observer | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38308, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry Francis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/12/44 in B-17 #4338308 POW

  • Matt McAda

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 43-38308. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ernest Musser

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group

  • James Nichols

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338308. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Sandfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338308/

  • Kasper Simms

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 September 1944 in B-17 #4338308.

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8868 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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