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B-24 Liberator

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...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron
  • 853rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Abplanalp

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    completed 34 missions Good Conduct/Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters/EAME Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

  • Rolland Bushner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Missions: 1944 - Aug 9 Saarbrucken; 12 Mourmelon sur Marne; 14 Dole/Tauaux/ 16 Madgeburg; 24 Hanover; 26 Dulmen; 30 Mainz; Sep 9 Mainz; 10 Ulm; 11 Madgeburg; Oct 5 Lippstadt; 7 Madgeburg; 9 Koblenz; 22 Hamm; 26 Bottrop; 30 Hamburg; Nov 5 Karlsruhe; 10...

  • Fred Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    26 Missions AM

  • Lloyd Ennis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Gavarny

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Completed a 35 mission combat tour. See Rolland H. Bushner entry for list of missions.

  • Frank Grimes

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    AM/ ETO

  • James Hufnagel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Roy Johnson

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

  • Charles Miller

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Ground Crew Aircraft Mechanic | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Moore

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

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Missions

  • 545

    12 August 1944

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...

  • Beccles

    Military site : airfield
    Beccles was built for the Eighth Air Force in 1943-44 but not used. RAF and Fleet Air Arm units occupied the base from 1944-45, providing Air Sea Rescue support. It closed 1945 and re-opened as Beccles Heliport 1965. The private Beccles Airfield has...

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Beccles, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK 12 August 1944

Ran low on fuel due to weather and course corrections. Had to crash land at RAF Beccles. The landing was made more difficult because when the crew was discarding things to lighten the aircraft, one of the waist windows had plastered it's self to the horizontal stabilizer. The Rolland Bushner Crew was flying her this day

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2015 01:31:00 Timothy McKeown Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ringmasters: The 491st Bombardment Group (H). Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co. (1992).

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 22:24:10 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 22:23:19 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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