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 28/11/45. MISS GREEN BAY.
This aircraft made several deep penetration missions, including at least (2) to bomb targets in Czechoslovakia before the war ended. Crew Chief, Master Sergeant Elmer Viliesse of Green Bay, WI named the aircraft and kept it in the air for a total of 55 missions, including 27 in a row without mechanical failures.
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...
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
In 1942 at age 18, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. During a training mission over California, survived with the entire crew the crash landing of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator. From Debach, England, from October 1944 through April 1945, as a 493rd...
Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 493rd Bomb Group
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.
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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