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Alan W Sturm


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.


Units served with

  • 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

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, NY, USA 7 July 1925
Died Pontiac, MI, USA 23 November 1974


Date Contributor Update
11 September 2017 02:02:11 David493863 Changes to biography

I wrote this biography using documents that are part of my 493rd BG collection, obtained from the National Archives, College Park, MD.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:57 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /