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41-29402

B-24 Liberator

hit trees while taking off from Attlebridge 25 Jul 1944 and crashlanded at Swanton-Morley; condemned for salvage

Service

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Croke

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Julian Drennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harry Dunigan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Walter Frederick

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Norman Meiser

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Munstermann

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed on takeoff. All crew were Killed in Action (KIA) The plane stalled out on take off and crashed at the end of the runway. The fuel tanks exploded and then 2 of the thousand pound bombs went. off.

  • Robert Richwine

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Ritter

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harvey Smuder

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Westcot Stone

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions from February to August 1944.

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Places

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Attlebridge, Norwich, UK 17 March 1944

Suffered a nose wheel collapse. Repaired and returned to service

First 466th BG Combat Mission Oschersleben, Germany 11 April 1944
Crashed Swanton Morley, Dereham NR20, UK 25 July 1944

Crash landed after hitting trees on take off with the Ritter Crew (Crew #642)

Named Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA

Named "Mad Monk" by pilot Wescot B. Stone after some sail boats he had raced prior to the war.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2018 19:56:12 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Archives - Letter from Wes Stone to Earl Wassom

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2018 01:17:09 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough, page 94

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 20:31:05 Bill Morris Changes to media associations
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 20:20:19 Bill Morris Changes to description
Sources

www.aviationarchaeology.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 22:52:29 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2014 00:21:45 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Chris Brassfield

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