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41-28932

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully hit, but on the way back to the base the group was attacked by German Me-109 fighters. Four B-24s were shot down, including Ramblin' Wreck, over the Dutch town of Steenwijk. Crewmembers Tice Jones, Chester Zyb and William Julian were killed. The remaining crew parachuted to safety, and all but Harrington and Bob Borst were quickly captured. The latter two successfully (and separately) evaded, with Harrington rescued by Dutch resistance and sheltered in Steenwijk until the town was liberated by Canadian forces in April 1945.

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

  • Robert Borst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 Crashed at Gelderingen

  • Robert Harrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Bob Harrington piloted the B-24 "Troublemaker" (#42-95067), stationed at Attlebridge in the summer of 1944. After nine missions with Troublemaker, on August 15, 1944 he was called up to fly an unfamiliar aircraft, Ramblin' Wreck (#4128932), with a...

  • Tice Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932. He had escaped death 3 days before when his regular crew, Crew #744 - Hammond, had been shot down with everyone onboard were KIA. Jones had...

  • William Julian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932

  • Lloyd Kelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932 POW

  • William Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932 POW

  • James Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 POW

  • Louis Palermo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932

  • William Rye

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 POW

  • Chester Zyb

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932 Last name was originally spelled Zdyb. His parents were Polish immigrants.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

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...

  • Gelderingen

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
First 466th BG Combat Mission 50260 Sottevast, France 5 May 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Steenwijk, Netherlands 15 August 1944

Shot Down by German fighters.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2017 02:31:59 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_acgroup.php?acgroup_id=53
Attlebridge Diaries - John Woolnough, page 204 & 213

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2017 14:45:55 Clark B Changes to description and media associations
Sources

As told to Clark Beyer by Bob Harrington, August 2004.

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 00:51:10 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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

MACR 8430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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