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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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Willis Benagh

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

  • Clay Byers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar (H2X) Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    KIA when his aircraft encountered prop wash at an altitude of approx. 300 feet and in a 40 degree bank shortly after take off. The a/c stalled and crashed. All 12 on board were KIA

  • Donald Call

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Horsham shortly after takeoff for mission in PFF plane 'Liberty Belle'. They had stopped at Horsham to pick up a command pilot for the mission.

  • Heath Carriker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Dec 23, 44 on mission to Blatchen, ger. flack disabled aileron and rudder control with resulting loss of altitude from 23,000 to 8,000 ft. With elevator controls and all engines we made it back to Base 1:30 late. This was a close call! ...

  • John French

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Leland Griffith

    Military | Captain | Command Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) was command pilot on PFF plane 'Liberty Bell' that had a mid air collision while assembling over the base before going on mission. All aboard Killed in Action (KIA) The plane was from the 466th BG

  • Homer Harris

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while assembling over base after take off in mid air collision in 'Liberty Bell'

  • Bernard Hochheiser

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid air collision while assembling over Horsham as Lead PFF Plane for mission in B-24 'Liberty Bell'

  • Thomas Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Langier

    Military | 466th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 552

    14 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...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1943
Crashed Horsham Saint Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 1 September 1944

Pilot maneuvering to avoid a collision immediately after takeoff, stalled the aircraft causing it to crash. All on board were KIA. The lead crew was serving as a PFF lead ship for the 458th BG on this mission. Homer Y. Harris Crew - Crew #442 of the 466th BG were aboard.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 00:33:03 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 00:27:43 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 00:27:14 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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