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Winter 1944-45 (© 1st Lt Donald J Schmitt, via David Schmitt)
More Debach photos Here
Debach airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands, 12779/41 with small windows to 343/43
Tower:
Restored as 493rd BG museum
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
4/44 to 8/45, 860th, 861st, 862nd and 863rd Bombardment Squadrons of the 493rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Helton's Hellcats' this was the last 8th USAAF heavy bomber Group to become operational. 8/44, converted from the B-24 Liberator to B-17 Flying Fortress. 2/45 to 5/45, 862nd BS became 3rd Scouting Force.
3/45 to 4/45, 493rd BG temporarily moved to Little Walden when the runways were rebuilt.
Flew 158 missions, first mission 6/6/44, last 20/4/45, lost 72 aircraft, 41 in action.
Post-war airfield used as a German POW camp, then for homeless people until 1948, airfield sold off in 1964.
1967 (© Harry Holmes)
USAAF Station
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1944
Closed:
/1945
ID Code:
DC
USAAF Station:
152
Runways:
3 concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Suffolk
Location:
3 miles NW of Woodbridge
OS Ref:
TM240540
Links:
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Photographs © as stated
2002 (© Barry Turner)
2001 (© Barry Turner)
2002 (© Barry Turner)
New windows, doors and hand rails have been added during restoration work
RAF Debach airfield 1944-48 - 493rd BG 'Helton's Hellcats'-
RAF Debach airfield + airport control tower pictures = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002