Corporal Alan W. Sturm reported to the 493rd Bomb Group (H), at Debach, Suffolk, England, on 26 October 1944 as the Ball Turret Gunner with the crew of LT Constantine T. DeWolski and was assigned to the 862nd Bomb Squadron. He was promoted to Sergeant on 5 November 1944 and to Staff Sergeant on 18 December 1944. He flew 34 combat missions over Europe with his last mission being on 3 April 1945. Alan received the EAME ribbon with 3 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 4 bronze clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross and one overseas service bar.
Alan returned to the states in May 1945 and was assigned as a Gunnery Instructor at the Army Air Force Gunnery School in Laredo, Texas. He received his Honorable Discharge on 19 October 1945.
Alan was born on 7 July 1925 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on 23 November 1974 in Pontiac, Michigan.
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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 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...
||Brooklyn, NY, USA
||7 July 1925
||Pontiac, MI, USA
||23 November 1974