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B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 851BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb 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...

  • 851st Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Barraclough

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Barraclough crew Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars), American campaign.


  • 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...

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA 1944

Built at Consolidated.

Assigned Debach, Woodbridge IP13 6BY, UK 1944

Assigned to 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Eye, UK 1944

Transferred to 851BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Eye, UK 14 July 1944

Landing Accident Eye/Sta 134 Cat 4 damage Lt Robert A Barraclough, 14-Jul-44.

B-24J 44-40466 - 851FS 490FG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2018 15:36:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Helton's Hellcats: A Pictorial History of the 493rd Bomb Group By Martin W. Bowman