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B-24 Liberator

The B-24H “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammuniton Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board.

The crew of its final mission on 12 Aug 1944 were:
Pilot: 2Lt. Phillip R Hammond
Co-pilot: 2Lt. Robert H Council
Navigator: 2Lt. David K Reed
Bombardier: 2Lt. John N Whitt
Engineer: T/Sgt. James T Bass
Radio Operator: Sgt. Ernest F Feltz
Ball Turret Gunner: S/Sgt. Lewis L Barrett
Left Waist Gunner: Sgt. Owen C Flower
Right Waist Gunner: Sgt. Alfred Aloisi
Tail Gunner: Sgt. Joseph R McGinniss

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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alfred Aloisi

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

  • Lewis Barrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

  • James Bass

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

  • Lawrence Bortness

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF as a Colonel after serving in WW 2, Korean War and Vietnam.

  • Robert Council

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

  • Gilbert Cox

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

  • Max Dudley

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

  • Ernest Feltz

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

  • Owen Flower

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed into channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

  • Phillip Hammond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed in channel in B-24 Gruesome Goose #4128747

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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...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 12 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 12:25:44 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Account of the mission from Tom Fullam, Library and Information Assistant for the 2nd Air Division Memorial office in England via Steve Anderson.

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2016 15:36:44 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=40852081 via researcher Steve Anderson.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 01:21:23 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 01:15:06 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7911 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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