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42-52529

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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Norman Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Evaded (EVD).

  • Ronald Fox

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

  • Samuel Godwin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions, starting 22 April 1944 and ending 16 July 1944 DFC/ Air Medal

  • Milton Hinman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Kelley

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

  • George Leitch

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

  • Joseph Melin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Maurus Owens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Pittman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Orival on 8/13/44 in B-24 'Wild Pussy' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Fred Riebe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Orival in B-24 'Wild Princess' #42-52529, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7912.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

Events

Event Location Date
First 466th BG Mission Berlin, Germany 22 March 1944

This was the first combat mission for the 466th BG

Failed to Return (FTR) 14100 Lisieux, France 13 August 1944

Shot down over the target. Richard S. Wollstein Crew - Crew #631
Wollstein (P), Smith (CP) and Owens (N) were KIA. Vejda (R/O), Clark (G) and Tighe (FE) were able to evade capture. The rest of the crew were made POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2016 02:53:07 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2016 02:52:09 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2016 02:50:22 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 15:45:41 JMO44 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Joseph M Owens, son of 1st Lt Maurus C Owens (N).

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 00:17:28 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:45:57 466thHistorian Changes to description and events
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:41:26 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:36:23 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7912 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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