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Louis James Deputy


Member of Bullard Crew
Member of Primus Crew



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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37776 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born Laurel, DE 4 January 1918
Lived in Laurel, DE October 1940

216 W 8th Street

Died near Ibstock, UK 27 September 1944

Louis served as a First Lieutenant and Co-Pilot on B-17G "Heavenly Body" #43-37776, 849th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, during World War II.

He resided in Sussex County, Delaware prior to the war.

B-17G #43-37776 was on a night cross-country training exercise. After turning, just North of Nailstone, near Ibstock, the B-17's nose dropped, and the port wing struck the ground. The machine was completely destroyed by fire and explosion. Sadly, all on board were killed.

Louis was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 10 October 1949

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34 Site 475


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490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia