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William Clay Toombs



  • 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


  • William Toombs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer and Gunner, Airplane Mechanic Gunner, Airplane Engine Mechanic
    Bill Toombs enlisted in the Army Air Corps, aged 18, in 1942. ‘In a way it was an adventure, because it was a chance to go somewhere and see something different,’ Bill recalled. ‘I would never have gone overseas to England, probably never would have...


  • 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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12 October 2014 02:58:14 Jenny Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations