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  • 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...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/9/44; Hunter 26/9/44; Grenier 28/10/44; Assigned 493BG Debach 30/10/44; transferred 350BS/100BG [LN-V] Thorpe Abbotts 1/11/44; in base taxi accident with Merlin Larson 29/6/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...


  • 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...

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...


Date Contributor Update
02 March 2021 12:38:33 Darren Jelley Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations

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