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Elmer Villiesse, Crew Chief and Miss Green Bay 43-38293



  • 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...

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  • Elmer Villiesse

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Crew Chief, Master Sergeant Elmer Villiesse of Green Bay, WI named B-17 43-38293 'Miss Green Bay' and kept it in the air for a total of 55 missions, including 27 in a row without mechanical failures.


  • 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...


  • 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...


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06 March 2020 17:37:13 Darren Jelley Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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