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42-94789

B-24 Liberator

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  • 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...

  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Bujtor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. AM/ PH

  • Tony Caddell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. AM, PH

  • Billy Hollingsworth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • Dallas Kincaid

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • Kenneth Lebl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • Lester Pavel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • Donald Russell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • George Sharman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • William Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

  • Roscoe Wilson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 June 1944 when B-24 #44-40471, piloted by Cooper, 863rd BS, collided with B-24 #42-94789, piloted by Russell, 862nd BS. Crashed into Channel. All Killed in Action (KIA) per ABMC. AM/ PH

Missions

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

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) France 6 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5486 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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