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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

  • Franklynn Cotner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Doring

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Dwan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Everding

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Falk

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Was originally the tail gunner for the Calvin C. Owens Crew. That crew was broken up after being badly shot up on their 4th mission, 11 April 1944. Falk was flying with the Cotner crew as a waist gunner 18 days later when he was KIA. ...

  • Ralph Fiskow

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • H.L. Heafner

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

  • Edward Mount

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Pipes

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Evaded.

  • Norman Roth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 #4229399 'Play Boy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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) Meppel, The Netherlands 29 April 1944

After being damaged by flak over the target (Berlin) the Cotner Crew (Crew #408) struggled to keep up with the group, eventually falling behind and being set upon by German fighters. The crew were forced to bail out over Meppel, The Netherlands. Falk (WG) was KIA by flak prior to the shootdown. Play Boy, set on autopilot, continued down making 360 degree turns, eventually landing in a field in fairly good shape with no one at the controls.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:55:37 466thHistorian Changes to events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 16:19:57 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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

MACR 4448 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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